Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Music News & Notes

NEURAXIS: 'Asylon' Cover Artwork Unveiled
Montreal-based death metallers NEURAXIS are set to release their sixth album, 'Asylon' on February 15, 2011. The cover art was created by artist Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Artwork, who worked with the band on its previous CD, "The Thin Line Between", as well with JOB FOR A COWBOY, CHIMAIRA and more.

"Asylon" was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY, THE LAST FELONY, THE AGONIST). Songtitles set to appear on the effort include "Savior And Destroyer", "Left To Devour", "V" and the title track.


Pearl Jam Releasing Covers Album

Pearl Jam will be celebrating their twentieth anniversary with a new live album 'Live on Ten Legs.' Along with a selection of the band's live favorites, the album will feature covers of both Public Image Limited and Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros. The set actually opens with Strummer's "Arms Aloft" which comes from 2003's Streetcore.

The set is taken from the band's Backspacer tour and the band performed many covers on the run including the Who's "Baba O'Riley," The Ramones "I Believe In Miracles" and "Blitzkrieg Bop," MC5's "Kick Out the Jams," Sleater-Kinney's "Modern Girl," The Stooges' "Search and Destroy," The Dead Boys' "Sonic Reducer," and even Devo's "Whip It."


Soundgarden Working on Material For New Releases

Soundgarden is ready to roll out new material in a variety of ways, according to guitarist Kim Thayil. He said in a recent interview that the band is working over recordings to release a live album in the first half of next year, as well as raiding the vault for more back catalog songs in the form of rare Soundgarden b-sides and previously unreleased music.

"The band were in talks about attending to our catalogue and merchandise, which had been neglected over the past decade. We wanted an e-commerce profile and we'd never maintained the website we had, and wanted to start a new one. We wanted to take advantage of the way the market had changed — iTunes, Facebook and so on, and put out the records we always promised we'd put out," Thayil told Toronto radio station


Anthrax Almost Finished With New Album

Thrash legends Anthrax are nearly finished recording their new album, tentatively titled 'Worship Music.' It will be the first Anthrax album with frontman Joey Belladonna since 1990. It’s the group’s ninth studio album overall.

“We’re almost ready to go,” guitarist Scott Ian told Artisan News Service. “Eight things are recorded and we’ve only got to go back and re-record two or three things. And Joey’s singing on all of it.”


DEVILDRIVER: 'Beast' Artwork Unveiled

The cover artwork for 'Beast,' the fifth album from Santa Barbara, California metal veterans DEVILDRIVER has been released. Due on February 22, 2011 (Roadrunner Records), the effort was recorded at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo,

Texas with producer Mark Lewis (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, ALL THAT REMAINS) and is currently being mixed by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY) at his Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England. The band recorded 14 songs during the "Beast" sessions, with 11 or 12 tracks expected to make the final cut.

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