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German metal band, Rage, has issued the following update:
“From 20th of August 2009, RAGE will record a new CD at the Twilight Hall Studios in Grefrath, there, where the Unity album came up from. In tried and tested way, the man at the buttons will be Charlie Bauerfeind again. Release date will be approx. in February 2010. (Nuclear Blast) At the time, the band is working intensively at the new songs. Among others, there will be an orchestrated song. Victor has been in Minsk already, to record the orchestra parts together with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra.”
Reunited New Jersey thrashers WHIPLASH have completed tracking the much anticipated "Unborn Again" full-length album at Mozart Studio with world-renowned engineer / producer Harris Johns (Sodom, Kreator, Helloween, Sepultura, etc) and are set to fly to Berlin on April 13, 2009 where the mixing and mastering process will take place at Spiderhouse Studio.
The album artwork and final tracklisting will be announced shortly.
In other news, WHIPLASH has been confirmed for this year's Jalometalli Metal music festival, set to take place August 14-15, 2009 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
The 2009 Dong Open Air festival will take place from July 17 - 18 in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany. The official website for the festival has been updated with the following announcement that all tickets have already been sold out:
"Many, many thanks for that great reception of yours! The Dong Open Air 2009 is sold out after exactly 4 hours of pre-sales. We never thought of such a fast thing! We all are happily looking forward to seeing you all in best party-mood in front of our beloved stage on the Dong hill on the 17th and 18th of July!"
The line-up for the show will be as follows: More...
German power metal band Mind Odyssey has announced that their new upcoming album will be titled "Time to Change It." The album was recorded at Yellow Prison studio in Berlin and features Rage guitarist Victor Smolski. "Time to Change It" will be released through Napalm Records on February 27, 2009.
RAGE frontman Peter "Peavy" Wagner has issued the following studio update:
"Who has turned the clock..... unbelievable. Twenty-five years have past since I have started doing metal music during AVENGER times long way back. Who ever thought that Rage will capture their place in this shark tank of the music business, developing themselves to an established factor in the global metal world for a quarter-century. Certainly, a big part is because of you, therefore a huge 'thank you' from our side.
"Beside a nice jubilee tour next spring, we're going to offer some 'fresh food' in form of the Never Give Up EP, which will be released on January 16th, 2009, also available as a box-set, including the last Rage album Carved In Stone. On the Never Give Up EP, there will be new songs and some curiosities like the video bonus material of 'Carved In Speed'.
"Here some words to the songs..."
German metallers Rage will be releasing a new EP entitled, "Gib Dich Nie Auf" on January 16th as part of a boxed set which also includes the bands latest studio album, "Carved In Stone." The EP contains German versions of the songs, "Never Give Up" and "Full Moon" aswell as a brand new song entitled, "Home" and also features two bonus tracks and a video clip.
The tracklisting for, "Gib Dich Nie Auf" is as follows:
1. Gib Dich Nie Auf (Edit – German version of “Never Give Up”)
2. Vollmond (German version of “Full Moon”)
3. Never Give Up
4. Terrified (taken from the album “Nuclear Blast Allstars - Into The Light”)
5. Lord Of The Flies (orchestral version)
6. Home (new song)
+ enhanced video clip “Refuge” (recorded live @ Wacken Open Air 2007)
Shortly before Christmas, German power metallers RAGE shot two video clips from their new album, "Carved in Stone", for the songs "Lord of the Flies" and "Open My Grave". According to the band, "while 'Lord of the Flies' is a dark and occult clip with a lot of actors and guests (like singer Jen Majura), 'Open My Grave' presents more the musicians of the band on their instruments. The location was a very old basement cavity from the beginning of the 18th century, which is located under a whorehouse! You can imagine, that the boys had a couple of guests while their stay. The clips were produced by Katja Piolka, who had RAGE in front of her lenses already before."
Watch both videos below.
An orchestral version of the RAGE song "Lord of the Flies", which also appears on the German group's new album, "Carved in Stone", will be featured in the new computer game Windchaser, due in May. According to the band, the new version of the track features "a bombastic arrangement and a great number of top-class guest musicians. With a well-rehearsed, classic team, the Lingua Mortis Orcherstra from Minsk, which [previously made an appearance] on [RAGE's] 'Speak of the Dead' album, and which supported RAGE at various gigs, this special orchestra version of 'Lord of the Flies' sounds like [it is being] played by a 50-member-strong rock band with classic instruments! The recordings took place in January 2008 at the Inspector Studio in Minsk (Belarus), homeland of guitarist Victor Smolski, who is responsible for arrangement and mix of the song." More...
Korpiklaani have been confirmed for this year’s Metal Camp Festival set to take place July 3rd to 9th in Tolmin, Slovenia.
Other bands to appear include Behemoth, In Flames, Rage, Soilwork, Apocalyptica, Ministry, Kataklysm and Wintersun.
Shortly before Christmas, German power metallers RAGE shot two video clips for their new album, "Carved in Stone", featuring the songs "Lord of the Flies" and "Open My Grave". According to the band, "while 'Lord of the Flies' is a dark and occult clip with a lot of actors and guests (like singer Jen Majura), 'Open My Grave' presents more the musicians of the band on their instruments. The location was a very old basement cavity from the beginning of the 18th century, which is located under a whorehouse! You can imagine, that the boys had a couple of guests while their stay. The clips were produced by Katja Piolka, who had RAGE in front of her lenses already before."
Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.
RAGE will release "Carved in Stone" in Europe on February 22, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records. More...
RAGE's new album, Carved In Stone, will be issued by Nuclear Blast Europe on February 22nd. The tracklisting is as follows: 'Carved In Stone', 'Drop Dead!', 'Gentle Murders', 'Open My Grave', 'Without You', 'Long Hard Road', 'One Step Ahead', 'Lost In The Void', 'Mouth Of Greed', 'Lord Of The Flies'.
Rage's upcoming tour schedule is as follows:
28 - Bonn, Germany at Heavy New Year Festival - Brückenforum
29 - Osnabrück, Germany at After X-Mas Metalblast - Halle Gartlage
27 - Copenhagen, Denmark at The Rock
28 - Mariestat, Sweden at Klubb Kaliber, Folketspark
29 - Västeras, Sweden at Sigurdsgatan 25
31 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
1 - Bochum, Germany at Zeche
2 - Paris, France at Nouveau Casino
4 - Madrid, Spain at Caracol
5 - Bergara, Spain at Sala Jam
6 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz 2
8 - Montpellier, France at Rockstore
9 - Piacenza, Italy at Fillmore
0 - Conegliano (Treviso), Italy at Zion Rock Club
11 - Wien, Austria at Szene
12 - Plzen, Switzerland at KD Serikovka
13 - Budapest, Hungary at Wigwam
15 - Würzburg, Germany at AKW
16 - Nürnberg, Germany at Hirsch
17 - Hannover, Germany at Musikzentrum
18 - Bad Salzungen, Germany at Kulturzentrum KW 70
19 - Memmingen, Germany at Kaminwerk
20 - Ludwigsburg, Germany at Rockfabrik
22 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
24 - Colmar, France at Grillen
25 - Speyer, Germany at Halle 101
26 - Brüssels, Belgium at Ten Weyngaerdt
27 - London, England at Underworld
29 - Fulda, Germany at Alte Piesel
30 - Osnabrück, Germany at Hyde Park
1 - Pirmasens, Germany at Quasimodo
2 - Aschaffenburg, Germany at Colos-Saal
3 - Andernach, Germany at JUZ Live Club
The 2008 edition of Slovenia's Metalcamp festival (www.metalcamp.com) is scheduled to take place July 3rd - 9th in Tolmin.
The latest act confirmed is APOCALYPTICA.
Acts confirmed for the festival currently include: APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BRAINSTORM, CATAMENIA, CELTIC FROST, DARK FORTRESS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, HELLOWEEN, KATAKLYSM, MINISTRY, MYSTIC PROPHECY, PERSIHING MANKIND, RAGE, SKYFORGER, TANKARD, WINTERSUN.
More details to follow.
QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's instalment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place on June 27-28, 2008 in Balingen, Germany. The band will deliver a very special three-hour performance with the full "Operation: Mindcrime" sets along with a huge stage production including stage actors, dialogue intermissions, video screens and other audio-visual effects.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AGE OF EVIL
TRAMP'S WHITE LION
SODOM, along with RAGE, STORMWARRIOR and a to-be-announced guest, will play "After X-Mas Metal Blast 2007", scheduled for Saturday, December 29th, 2007at Halle Gartlage - Schlachthofstrasse, Osnabrück, Germany
Further show details can be found at this location.
German power metallers RAGE will release their new album, "Carved in Stone", in Europe on February 22, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.
RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski previously stated about the upcoming LP, "From the beginning we decided to compose the songs for this CD more straight, concentrating on cool riffs and catchy melodies. Actually, with our new lineup it was easy to realize everything, as we pulled together with André [Hilgers; drums; AXXIS, SILENT FORCE] perfectly! All the recordings with our co-producer, sound engineer and almost fourth bandmember Charly Czajkowski runs perfectly, as well as the final mix with Charlie Bauerfeind. From my point of view I promise you brutal guitar riffs with fancy soli. In one song, I've hidden a modification of a real famous melody — the one who will first recognize this melody will get a present! At 'Open My Grave', my sitar guitar came into operation, at 'Lord of the Flies', I've contributed a phat keyboard arrangement."
Other ongtitles set to appear on the CD include "Carved in Stone", "Drop Dead", "Gentle Murders", "One Step Ahead" and "Without You".
RAGE's new DVD, entitled "Full Moon in St. Petersburg", was released on February 23 via Nuclear Blast. The double DVD set was filmed in St. Petersburg, Russia last year in front of 15,000 fans. "Full Moon in St. Petersburg" contains the complete concert in St. Petersburg, Russia, plus a lot of behind-the-scenes footage and material from personal archives.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
May 30, 2008:
May 31, 2008:
One more international act as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.
TESTAMENT has set "The Formation of Damnation" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band is currently recording the effort with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.
TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.
Bostaph, who was a member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, had previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City". He also toured with TESTAMENT in 2006.
TESTAMENT's current lineup is rounded out by Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar and Greg Christian on bass.
German thrashers DESTRUCTION check in with the following quick update:
"Good news for the Mexico City thrashers. We did just get the following festival confirmation: March 8th, 2008 - Mexico City, Mexico - Metal Attack 2 Festival / Circo Volador."
As previously reported, Destruction are also confirmed for the 2008 edition of Serbia's Legacy Festival, scheduled for May 30th - 31st at Ushce in Belgrade.
Other acts scheduled for the festival include: DARK FUNERAL, THRESHOLD, OBITUARY, JORN LANDE, AMORPHIS, MELECHESH, RAGE, UNLEASHED, FINNTROLL.
Mesopotamian metal masters MELECHESH have cancelled their participation in the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. Replacing them on the bill will be Austrian black/death metal titans BELPHEGOR.
The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
May 30, 2008:
May 31, 2008:
Two more international acts as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.
Polish death metal veterans VADER have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
May 31, 2008:
VADER released its new DVD, "And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw", in Europe on October 15 via Metal Mind Productions. The group's third DVD, which is being made available in North America today (November 20) via MVD, features footage from the band's February 12, 2007 concert at Stodola Club in Warsaw, documenting the final stop of the group's tour in support of their latest album, "Impressions in Blood". The show was filmed with seven cameras and includes a guest appearance by Orion, a member of two other great Polish metal acts: VESANIA and BEHEMOTH. The DVD also includes: a fully animated menu, band bio, discography, interview with frontman Peter, the brand new video clip "Sword of the Witcher" (taken from the forthcoming RPG game "The Witcher"), desktop images, photo gallery, weblinks, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. "…And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw" DVD is also available in a special DVD+CD limited swing case edition! The artwork and layout of the DVD was created by the Brazilian artist Marcelo HVC, who has previously worked with GORGOROTH, LORD BELIAL and NECROPHAGIA.
Finland's FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
May 31, 2008:
A nine-minute video interview with FINNTROLL frontman Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth) conducted by The Dude Von Doom can be viewed below.
FINNTROLL's fifth album, "Ur Jordens Djup", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 91. The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, is the group's first release with Lillmåns following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) in January 2006. Like FINNTROLL's original singer, Katla Mathias, Lillmåns is reportedly Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue. More...
Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.
BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.
According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.
Guest musicians include:
Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)
Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)
André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)
01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)