Venice Beach power trio the Shrine just inked a deal with Century Media. Formerly signed to Tee-Pee, the riff merchants have released two studio albums to date: Primitive Blast (2012) and Bless Off (2014). For their forthcoming Century Media debut, the Shrine hired Dave Jerden (Alice in Chains, Social Distortion) to produce the sessions. The band has not revealed the release date for their third album as of yet.
August 28 will see the release of The Ride Majestic, Soilwork's 10th studio album. It will be the last record to feature longtime bassist Ola Flink, who quit the group to focus on other endeavors. Soilwork has welcomed former Hearts Alive bassist Markus Wibom to the fold. Wibom previously toured with the band as a guitar tech and lighting designer. Wibom made his live debut with Soilwork in Stockholm on April 30.
Iron Maiden will release their 16th studio effort, The Book of Souls, on September 4, following 2010's The Final Frontier. The double-album was recorded in Paris with producer Kevin Shirley (Europe, Joe Bonamassa) in late 2014, and completed earlier this year. The 11-track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, including an 18-minute song called "Empire of the Clouds" written by singer Bruce Dickinson. The frontman has been in recovery after having a cancerous tumor removed from the back of his tongue. Iron Maiden promise to tour again once Dickinson makes a full recovery from his health scare.
Relapse Records has announced the forthcoming release of Forgive Yourself, the debut album from Publicist UK. The post-punk combo features members of Municipal Waste, Goes Cube, Revocation, Black Army Jacket and more. Arriving in stores on August 21, the album was tracked in New Hampshire at the Wild Arctic Studio with producer Dean Baltulonis (Madball, Born Cages). Check out a stream of the album’s first single, “Levitate the Pentagon,” above.
Swedish melodic death metal kings Dark Tranquillity have premiered an official music video for their track “The Science of Noise." The clip features live footage from last year's World Construct Tour. Dark Tranquility also have announced that Deals Death guitarist Erik Jacobson will join them as a stand-in guitarist while Niklas Sundin is busy with parental duties. Furthermore, Anders Iwers (Tiamat, Avatarium, Ceremonial Oath) will be holding down the bass on the group's upcoming live dates.
It's been a soap opera in Morbid Angel's world these past few days. First, the news came out that bassist/vocalist David Vincent and the death metal legends had parted ways, and that Steve Tucker would be replacing him in the band. Later that same day, Vincent released a statement saying that he had not left the group and had not been asked to step down. To make matters worse, drummer Tim Yeung announced that he had left Morbid Angel after a financial dispute. As of today June 18, the only member that is definitely in Morbid Angel is guitarist Trey Azagthoth.