The official trailer for “Novum Initium”, the new album from multinational melodic metallers MASTERPLAN, can be seen below. The CD will be released in Europe on June 14 and in North America on June 18 via AFM Records.
“Novum Initium” track listing:
01. Per Aspera Ad Astra
02. The Game
03. Keep Your Dream Alive
04. Black Night Of Magic
06. No Escape
07. Pray On My Soul
08. Earth Is Going Down
09. Return From Avalon
10. Through Your Eyes
11. Novum Initium
12. 1492 (digipack bonus track)
13. Fear The Silence (digipack bonus track)
The “Novum Initium” digipack cover artwork can be seen below.
A photo of MASTERPLAN‘s new lineup can be seen below. Joining drummerMartin “Marthus” Skaroupka (CRADLE OF FILTH) are vocalist Rick Altzi(AT VANCE, SANDALINAS, THUNDERSTONE), who replaces Jorn Lande, and bassist Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS, SYMFONIA, DEVIL’S TRAIN).
In a recent interview with Metal Shock Finland, MASTERPLANguitarist/leader Roland Grapow stated about the band’s new CD: “We are not leaving the MASTERPLAN path too much, but everything we have — the melodic part and a little bit progressive — I would say we’re a little bit more powerful and I’m also mixing the album this time. I want to get a little bit more modern, as the sound we have was created ten years ago. We’re still having the typical sound with melodies, but the drummer is amazing and plays a lot of crazy shit!”
MASTERPLAN‘s new lineup:
Rick Altzi – vocals Roland Grapow – guitars Axel Mackenrott – keyboards Jari Kainulainen – bass
Martin “Marthus” Skaroupka – drums
In an August 2011 interview with the Czech web portal Kultura21.cz,Grapow stated about MASTERPLAN‘s numerous lineup changes: “I think it’s always difficult in this band, I guess. If you see, the first album just came out after a big turbulence — leaving HELLOWEEN, Uli [Kusch, drums] and me. I think this band always needs some very bad moments to some great songs. [laughs] And it looks like MASTERPLAN, basically, is my main band, and whoever will sing and whoever will play in the band, I’m happy with. But, basically, at the moment, I’m thinking the main songwriters are Axel now and me. So whatever happens, this band will continue. It’s very important for me to show that we still have the power and the ability to write beautiful melodies and some aggression and rock and metal songs. Whatever we do, we want just to make good-quality stuff.”
MASTERPLAN‘s last CD, “Time To Be King”, was released on May 21, 2010 through AFM Records. The CD’s first single, “Far From The End Of The World”, was issued on April 16, 2010.
Swedish melodic death metallers AMON AMARTH have released part one of their mini-documentary, “Forging Mjölnir”. Filmed and directed byLuke Daley, the up-close-and-personal clip — which includes stunning black and white nature footage and Norse artwork — celebrates the imminent release of the band’s ninth studio offering, “Deceiver Of The Gods”. Watch the six-and-a-half minute segment where vocalist Johan Hegg and bassist Ted Lundström elaborate on the mythological themes found within their latest epic.
Recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (OPETH, MEGADETH,EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2011 “Surtur Rising” full-length delivers ten fiery battle hymns made of buzzsaw riffs and epic harmonies all driven by vocalist Johan Hegg’s commanding Viking roar and absorbing accounts of Norse crusades and treachery.
“Deceiver Of The Gods” comes adorned with another outstanding Tom Thiel-created cover portraying a mythical battle between the Norse GodsLoki and Thor. As an added bonus, Messiah Marcolin (CANDLEMASS) makes an appearance as guest vocalist on eighth track, “Hel”.
“Deceiver Of The Gods” will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records on June 25, in Europe June 24 and Japan on June 26.
Ross Baker of Ghost Cult magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Adam “Nergal ” Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On his health following the five-month bout of leukemia he overcame in January 2011, after receiving a bone-marrow transplant:
“I’ve just been for some routine checks and test at the hospital and I am happy to announce I am very much alive and well! The fact that I am healthy and I have the deadliest weapon that BEHEMOTH has ever created in my hands makes my life complete.
“I definitely feel life has more meaning that it did before. I don’t spend my time overanalyzing things the way I used to. Life seems to be more joyful these days, and I know it sounds like a cliché from a James Bond movie, but tomorrow is a question mark and we need to embrace today.”
On BEHEMOTH’s new studio album, “The Satanist”:
“Extreme art should be shocking and provoke a reaction.
“I really hope we are viewed as more than just a black metal band. We are an extreme band that can communicate our ideas on so many levels.
“Extreme metal music these days is often only extreme by definition. It is a never-ending process of striving for perfection.
“Too many bands are chasing this and the scene is becoming like the ‘X-Factor’ for black metal. There is no danger and unpredictability anymore.
“The majority of death metal bands from the USA are so generic, they all sound perfect. It is fast and technical, but there is no substance.
“Bands forget about emotion when they strive for perfection.
“You should be driven by your intuition and not just be concerned with shredding on your guitar.
“Perfection is boring and uninspiring.
“When people listen to ‘The Satanist’, it will stimulate them in many different ways.
“I saw cabaret at the theatre recently and it was extremely moving.
“Extreme art must make people uncomfortable, whether it is music, art or films. It has to be thought-provoking.
“It takes a lot of energy for me to do this.
“I remember after my transplant, when we started playing shows again. There was a time I thought I was going to pass out onstage because it was so taxing playing the show and I did not have as much energy as before, but now I am ready. I know I can give my all to this.”