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Last updated on July 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM ET
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12 news articles posted today (and counting...)
The German death/thrash band Cripper is in the mixing progress for new album "Hyena," and you can check out two video reports below. The band also checks in from the studio with this update:
"Fellas, a big step in the progress of producing 'Hyena' is done. We are happy to announce that all recordings are finished and we are entering the mixing phase now. It's still 4 months from now until release, but to give you some sneak peeks, here's another podcast for you. Besides the audio recordings, we also filmed our whole set at Metaldays festival in Tolmin/Slovenia.
"Strangely enough, it was the first time ever that we played in the rain, even though the overall festival weather was brutally hot and sunny! The audience didn't mind, neither did we. Crowdsurfers, circle pits, wall of death and a rowing pit made all our worries disappear - thanks to everyone getting soaked with us!
"We had a massively positive feedback at our signing session, where the line of people wouldn't stop for a whole hour. Crazy shit!”
You can also catch Cripper live on these dates: More...
Canadian metal act Striker posted an interactive preview featuring clips from the entire new album "City of Gold." The follow up to 2012's "Armed to the Teeth" (see review here) is set for release via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
29.08.2014 G/A/S, FIN & BENELUX
01.09.2014 UK & EUROPE
"It's about Heavy Metal and a good time," says singer Dan Cleary about the band’s philosophy. "If you’re having a party at your house, then put our CD into the player and drinksome beer. This music is exactly made for suchmoments. Producer Fredrik Nordström has created a traditional and modern Heavy Metalsound with hymns like 'Taken By Time', 'City Of Gold' or 'Bad Decisions'!"
The track listing for "City of Gold" is:
2. City of Gold
3. Start Again
4. Bad Decisions
6. All for One
7. Mind Control
8. Second Attack
9. All I Want
10. Rise Up
11. Taken by Time
12. Two Minutes to Midnight (Bonus Track) (Iron Maiden Cover)
13. Watching You (Bonus Track)
14. Roll With the Punches (Bonus Track)
15. Fuck Volcanoes (Bonus Track)
Check out the preview here: More...
Swedish metal act Wolf premiered the music video for the new track "Shark Attack" over at Metal Hammer's website at this location (also in the player below).The song appears on the new album "Devil Seed," which will be released on August 25th in Europe and on September 2nd in North America via Century Media Records.
The track list for "Devil Seed" is:
1. Overture in C Shark
2. Shark Attack
3. Skeleton Woman
4. Surgeons Of Lobotomy
5. My Demon (see lyric video here)
6. I Am Pain
7. Back From The Grave
8. The Dark Passenger
9. River Everlost
11. Killing Floor
Check out "Shark Attack" here: More...
Three years after the farewell performance on board 70,000 Tons of Metal in January 2012, UMC, promoters of the World's Largest Metal Cruise, announced that the newly reformed God Dethroned will be on board the Liberty of the Seas in 2015.
Frontman Henri Sattler commented: "In early 2011, I was facing two options: one was to announce a break, and the other option was to quit the band. I definitely needed time away from it all, and having a break wasn’t reassuring enough to know if I would be able to recharge the batteries for another go.
"Oddly enough it was at the funeral of the man who discovered us in the first place that I came to realize the story wasn’t finished yet. So here we go again. Don’t think you will be able to see us playing every club for weekends on end. We will only play a small selection of shows and this won’t happen before 2015. Besides that, the core of the band will consist of only Michiel and myself. We’ll have some cool guest musicians lined up, though, to make sure we’ll give you the best performance possible.
"Last but not least, our first shows will be where we played our last ones three years ago. Our rebirth will happen on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2015. See you on board!”
The world's largest metal cruise casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.
The Jeff Waters run "All-Star Jam," which was absent from the 2014 edition, will return in 2015 as "Jamming With Waters in International Waters." This is how it will go down: Waters will assemble the line-up and compile a list of songs. Then the fans will vote later this year for which of these songs will be played!
All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.
God Dethroned joins previously announced bands below, with 33 bands still to be announced:
Lake of Tears
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
German hard rock/metal act Kissin' Dynamite released the new single/music video for "DNA." The song appears on the band's fourth studio release "Megalomania," which is set for release on September 5th via AFM Records.
The track listing for "Megalomania" is as follows:
2. Maniac Ball
3. VIP In Hell
6. God In You
7. Running Free
8. Legion of the Legendary
9. The Final Dance
10. Ticket to Paradise
Check out "DNA" here: More...
Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie premiered the new music video for the track "The Call of the Mountains" over at Decibel Magazine's website at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the new release "Origins," which is set for release on August 1 (EU), August 4 (UK), and August 5 (US) via Nuclear Blast Records. A review for the album can be found at this location.
The track list for "Origins" is:
2. The Nameless
3. From Darkness
7. The Call of the Mountains
11. The Silver Sister
13. The Day of Strife
Check out "The Call of the Mountains" here: More...
Swedish hard rock act Nubian Rose has inked a deal with UK label Livewire/Cargo Records. The sophomore album "Mental Revolution" is slated for a November release. The new album "is armed with even heavier riffs, deeper melodies and a more mature production."
Swedish producer Tobias Lindell, who has produced albums such as "Tear The Walls Down" and "Address The Nation" by H.E.A.T., "Split Your Lip" from Hardcore Superstar and "Last Look Of Eden" from Europe, has mixed "Mental Revolution" and given it "an outstanding and impeccable sound."
Lead guitarist Christer Åkerlund commented: "We are very happy to sign with Livewire/Cargo Records for our second album. They have a reputation as being one of the most honest and hardworking label’s in the business and that says A LOT in the music industry. They have also shown true love to Nubian Rose and our music and that’s of course also very important to us."
John Dryland of Cargo Records commented: "It’s very exciting to be working with one of my favourite new bands of recent years and signing Nubian Rose to Livewire/Cargo Records has been an aim for some time."
Nubian Rose was founded in 2011 and self-released the debut album "Mountain" in 2012. More information on "Mental Revolution" is expected soon. More...
Italian thrashers Thrash Bombz will release the new EP "Dawn" this September via Iron Shield Records (distribution via Pure Steel Records). The follow up to the January debut "Mission of Blood" will hit the streets on September 12th.
The track listing for "Dawn" is:
3. Drown In Your Misery
4. Eternal Punishment
6. Human Obliteration More...
Dutch melodic/blackened metal act Onheil posted a new music video for the track "Storm is Coming." The song is the title track from the band's upcoming sophomore album, which is set for release via Cyclone Empire on September 5th.
The track listing for "Storm is Coming" is:
1. Embrace the Chaos
2. Kill Tomorrow
3. Self-Destruction Mode
4. The Omega Legions
5. Storm Is Coming
6. The End of Everything
7. Wings of Death
8. Dronkenschap in Duisternis II
9. Nature's Wrath
10. Streams of Silence More...
French symphonic power metal act Operadyse, featuring Spheric Universe Experiment vocalist Franck Garcia, posted a teaser clip for the band's upcoming, yet untitled, sophomore full length release. The album is the follow up to the 2013 debut "Pandemonium," which was issued in November via Sonic Attack.
The clip is a work in progress of the opening track "At the Gates of a New World." Check it out here:
U.K.'s October File released a new music video for the track "Reinvention." The song appears on the latest album "The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair - An Introspective of the Human Condition," which was issued via Candlelight Records this past spring.
Check out "Reinvention" here:
Deep in the Finnish forest, in the town of Hattula, Nightwish is tucked away from the distractions of humanity writing the follow up to "Imaginaerum" (see review here). The album will mark the first release for new vocalist Floor Jansen (ReVamp/ex-After Forever), who joined Nightwish in 2013 during the last North American tour when Anette Olson split with the band.
The video features composer/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and vocalist/bassist Marco Hietala speaking about the writing process. Check it out here: