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Nonpoint - which just released new album "The Return" - has checked in with the following announcement about cancelling tonight's live show:
"To everyone that was going to come out to tonight's show in Mishawaka, IN we truly apologize, but unfortunately we have to cancel the show.
"The club is not equipped for Nonpoint to put on a show that the fans deserve. The sound system is not connected and the stage moves when we walk across it. We will rebook the show in the near future and do it right for the Nonpoint Nation.
"We are not happy about canceling the show but it is something we have to do. We promise to make it up to you all. Thank you for your understanding." More...
Irish modern thrash act Dead Label is coming back with a vengeance this Fall – announcing a brand new album, "Throne Of Bones," and kicking off a full U.S. tour.
"Throne Of Bones" is set to hit stores via Nuerra Records in early 2015. Tracking for the album was just completed at EastWest Studios and Sonora Recorder’s in southern California.
The album was produced by Michael Phelan with co-production from Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Parkway Drive, Bring Me The Horizon/also credited as head engineer) and Dead Label, with mixing to be handled by Ben Grosse (Disturbed, Slipknot, Filter) at The Mix Room in Burbank, CA. The first single, "Salvation in Sacrifice," will be released to radio soon.
“I may be biased here, but this album is the best thing we have put down,” states singer Dan O’Grady. “I feel like this is the first real Dead Label album, something that is starting to sculpt our sound. Everyone, from the band to the production team, has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I personally want to thank everyone for their dedication to this project. I think with this record we have created a mile stone that will withstand the test of time. You cannot hide a good record and this is exactly that. I’m so proud of what we have created and I cannot wait to share it with the world.”
The album's track listing is:
1. Throne of Bones
2. Salvation in Sacrifice
3. Exhume The Venom
4. The Birth of Suffering
5. The Cleansing
8. The Gates of Hell More...
When the members of AC/DC convened this spring in Vancouver, B.C., to record the forthcoming "Rock Or Bust," it was both the end of an era, and the start of an uncertain new one. To be sure, the band has faced adversity and uncertainty before -- most notably in 1980 with the death of singer Bon Scott and his replacement with Brian Johnson for "Back In Black."
This time, the loss is potentially an even greater one, as the band prepares to release its first album without founder and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young. More...
Iron Reagan's new 24-track wrecking ball "The Tyranny Of Will" is out now, and last week the band released a music video for the album track "Miserable Failure," which was directed by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang) and can be seen here.
Filming a video with Iron Reagan is always an interesting experience, and it was documented in a blooper reel, available below.
In support of "The Tyranny of Will," the band will be hitting the road this Fall including a special release show in Richmond, VA on October 3rd, dates with Eyehategod, and an appearance at The Fun Fun Fun Fest. A complete list of dates can be found after the video. More...
The new Exodus album "Blood In, Blood Out" hits stores everywhere on October 14th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
Today the "Blood In, Blood Out" album sampler was unlocked by fans in a Twitter contest and can now be heard online. Check out samples of all the album's tracks below, courtesy of Loudwire.com.
Produced by Andy Sneap, "Blood In, Blood Out" can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
01. Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)
02. Blood In, Blood Out (streaming here)
03. Collateral Damage
04. Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)
05. Body Harvest
06. BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)
07. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08. My Last Nerve
10. Honor Killings
11. Food For The Worms More...
Today you can check out another brand new Gideon track titled "Survive," featuring Caleb Shomo of Beartooth. Listen in below. You can also hear the title track to the band's forthcoming album at this location.
The new album "Calloused" comes out October 14th, 2014, and the band is out now on tour with Being As An Ocean and Fit For A King. See the band live on these dates:
Oct 1 - Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
Oct 2 - Sparks, NV @ The Alley
Oct 3 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Oct 4 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Oct 5 - Spokane, WA @ The Hop
Oct 7 - Colorado, Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Oct 8 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Oct 9 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone
Oct 10 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Oct 11 - North Charleston, SC @ The Skatepark
Oct 12 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Murray Hill Theater
Oct 13 - Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theater
Oct 14 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
Oct 16 - Troutville, VA @ Inside-Out
Oct 17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Oct 18 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Oct 19 - Columbus, OH @ Skully's
Oct 20 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Oct 21 - Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
Oct 22 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Oct 23 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
Oct 24 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Oct 25 - Shawnee, KS @ Aftershock
Oct 26 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Oct 28 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Oct 29 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joes Grotto
Oct 30 - Yuma, AZ @ Jefe's Venue
Oct 31 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Nov 1 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
Nov 3 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar More...
After releasing a music video for "Live Like There's No Tomorrow," Ill Nino has returned with a brand new video for "I'm Not The Enemy."
"I'm Not The Enemy" comes by way of the band's latest album "Till Death, La Familia" and the video was shot on the streets of Los Angeles, telling a a bold story of youthful injustice, overcoming social stereotypes, and the dreams of constructing a better life.
Vocalist Christian Machado explains, “We wanted something traditional and classic that represented the everyday struggle between the good side of society, the bad side of society, and the judged side of society.”
Originally broadcast on LATV last week, the video was produced by Scott Hansen (Otep, A Day To Remember) and co-directed by bassist Laz Pina. More...
"Deathless" was recorded with producer Zeuss at Planet Z studios in Massachusetts and is due out October 14th via Metal Blade Records. The label comments:
"The album is ten tracks of ambitious, catchy, and undeniably heavy material. Musically, cuts like 'Madness Opus' showcase a more deliberate Revocation - restrained, if even moderately so, to deliver a slow, near-dirge like track. Alternatively, the title track highlights the diversity of Davidson's vocals with a catchy chorus. It's an earworm the likes of which the band had only previously hinted. The rest of the album offers a refreshing variety of music and truly feels like an 'album,' rather than a collection of similar tracks. This is a refinement, achieved only through years of focusing on their craft."
The new album's track listing is: More...
After a period of six years in the wilderness, Norway's exponent of groove-laden black metal, Khold, just released "Til Endes" via Peaceville Records (check out our review here).
You can now hear all the tracks below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Skogens Oye
4. Dommens Arme
5. Til Endes
6. Det Dunkle Dyp
8. Hengitt More...
Icelandic rock heathens Solstafir have announced a new North American tour, which starts on December 2nd and will see the band travel throughout the country for 2 weeks alongside Pallbearer and Mortals.
Additionally, Solstafir just announced the band's inclusion into Roadburn's 2015 lineup, with front-man Aðalbjörn Tryggvason commenting: "We are deeply honored to have been chosen by the curators and invited by the festival. Having two Icelandic bands at the same night next to The Fields of Nephilim – what a surprise and a priceless evening. What a festival! It will be a highlight of our career!" More...
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Whitesnake’s multi-platinum "Slide It In" album, Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label, will release “Live In ‘84 - Back To The Bone."
Set for release in Europe on November 7th, in the U.K. on November 10th, and in North America on November 11th, this release will be available on DVD and a Deluxe CD/DVD edition. Frontiers Music comments:
"Culled from audio and video recordings and unheard demos from the private collection of Whitesnake leader and vocalist, David Coverdale, the release offers an ultra-rare collection of material, performed by the band’s acclaimed 83-84 line-ups.
"Featured on the record is the awesome Cozy Powell on drums (ex-Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, MSG and later on Gary Moore and Black Sabbath); unique guitarist John Sykes, whom Coverdale credits with inspiring a whole generation of six stringers after his breathtaking work on the Whitesnake '87 album and bassist exceptionnnel, Neil Murray. Bonus content features legendary keyboardist Jon Lord performing his last show ever with Whitesnake on video and also the bonus CD."
“It’s still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who originally recorded the ‘Slide It In’ album with me have passed away,” says Coverdale. “It’s incredibly difficult to articulate: Cozy Powell, Mel Galley, Jon Lord - all amazing people and amazing musicians. Their memories live on in our hearts and in the music they made. I miss them beyond words.”
Coverdale and co-producer Michael McIntyre launched a worldwide search for the best quality video footage and audio tracks from the 1984 tour. Among the gems found was a set from "Super-Rock," recorded at the first Japanese rock festival at Seibu Stadium in Tokyo and a video of Jon Lord’s final appearance with Whitesnake recorded live in Sweden.
“All of the features have been treated lovingly and respectfully, with no expense spared, utilizing technology to improve sound and picture quality,” says Coverdale, who personally oversaw all elements of this release. Concludes Coverdale - “These are memories I treasure and delight in sharing with you as we continue our celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Whitesnake’s ‘Slide It In.'" More...
British heavy metal outfit Satan is releasing the band's first official live album to celebrate a debut appearance on North American soil in support of latest album, "Life Sentence," released on Listenable Records in April 2013.
Entitled "Trail of Fire - Live in North America," the album will be released in North America on November 18th by Listenable Records, preceded by a new North American tour this month (dates after the jump). The track listing is:
1. Intro / Trial By Fire
2. Blades Of Steel
3. Time To Die
4. Twenty Twenty-Five
5. Break Free
6. No Turning Back
7. The Ritual
8. Siege Mentality
12. Alone In The Dack
13. Heads Will Roll
15. Kiss Of Death More...
Santa Cruz, CA’s Requiem caught the attention Cleopatra Records, and the label will release the brand new album, "The Unexplainable Truth," on October 28th, 2014. A pre-order for digital and physical copies will be unleashed soon.
The band features vocalist Steve Juliano of former Epitaph Records powerhouse band I Am Ghost, Daisy Rock Guitars-sponsored guitarist/vocalist Jacklyn Paulette, and Pearl-sponsored drummer Rick Siegfried.
Revolver Magazine today gives us a taste of "The Unexplainable Truth" with the new track "Where the Hell Did the Romance Go?" Listen in below.
“‘Where the Hell Did the Romance Go' is a classic example of the feelings you encounter during the ending stages of your romantic relationship with someone, which we can all relate to pretty well,” offers vocalist/guitarist Jacklyn Paulette.
Vocalist Steve Juliano adds, “This is the most personal album I have ever written, and it helped me regain enough strength and passion to dwell back into music. I had given up, to be quite honest, but I had one last thing to say to everyone before saying goodbye. This was originally going to be my last hurrah, but after letting everything out, it pulled me back in. Music saved my life once again.” More...
The Element has entered the studio to record a new album titled "From Sand - Part II." Once again, The Element's vocalist/guitarist Rafael Macedo will be in charge of the engineering and producing.
Full details on the track listing, artwork, and release date are still forthcoming. Rafael Macedo comments:
"Even tho most of the songs were written with the previous album, since it is a concept album divided in part I and II, a lot has changed. Marco is absolutely killing on the drums! The musicianship that we developed in the last couple of years from playing live and jamming as a band can clearly be heard into the new music.
"The heavy songs are becoming heavier and in the other hand, the more progressive ones are becoming even more elaborated, which allows us to bring the music to a whole new level. I'm pretty sure a lot of people will be surprise by this album. We couldn't be happier about it!"
Drummer Marco Bicca adds: "I am really happy with the results we had with the first 5 songs that I recorded with the Rafael's help. He is not only a great composer but also an awesome engineer and that helps A LOT! Trust me, recording drums is a long and difficult process and having someone that knows how it works is a blessing. I am excited for you guys because you have no idea what is coming your way! Stay tuned for more updates!" More...
Out this week through Southern Lord is the merciless second LP from North Carolina-based trio Torch Runner, entitled "Endless Nothing."
American Aftermath is now playing the entire album, which devastatingly forces its way through thirteen-tracks in just over twenty-two minutes (also available below).
Alongside the stream, a concise interrogation of the band is posted at the American Aftermath site, giving some insight to the album's creation, an upcoming tour assault and more.
In just two weeks, Torch Runner will launch a massive West Coast U.S. offensive in support of "Endless Nothing," joining a Southern Lord package tour with labelmates Baptists and Obliterations, both also supporting brand new LPs out in October on Southern Lord. More...
Krokodil - the new act signed to Spinefarm Records, featuring current and previous members of Cry for Silence, Hexes, Gallows and SikTh - will be releasing debut album "Nachash" on November 11th.
According to a press release, "there are two things you need to know about Krokodil and that's the fact that they are comprised of mostly beards and riffs."
The band today also unleashes new single, "Reptilia Familiar," one of the 12 tracks that make up "Nachash." Check it out below. More...
Instrumental sludge metal monster Tank86 just finished work on new record "Obey," and to raise funds for the physical release (and corresponding merch) the group has started a crowd funding campaign.
Hear a new song off the album and find all the info on helping to fund the release at this location. The band also comments:
"It's pretty simple: we've written, recorded, mixed and mastered our new album 'Obey.' 8 new tracks of our own special brand of instrumental heaviness. But now we're broke...
"Help us raise the funds to produce the vinyl, CD, new shirts, stickers and a backdrop to unleash the new record upon the world." More...
Vancouver, BC prog metal band Quartered has teamed up with MetalNationRadio.ca for the online premiere of "Eyes And Ears," due out on October 7th. Listen in through the player below. Bassist Craig Rudder had this to say:
"After 4 years we are proud to return with our most dynamic and versatile EP to date. We titled it 'Eyes and Ears’ because we consciously wanted to make an effort to write songs that not only to inspire the ears but create a visual component as well, which is a depth that is not always showcased enough in heavy music today."
Quartered will also be hitting the road in October with Nanaimo, BC's The Body Politic for tour dates in Alberta and British Columbia.
October 16 - Calgary, AB - TBA
October 17 - Red Deer, AB - Slumland Theatre
October 18 - Edmonton, AB - The Mercury Room
October 24 - Nanaimo, BC - TBA
October 25 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
October 26 - Port Alberni, BC - Gyro Youth Center More...
Ten years ago, in the fall of 2004, then Boston-based Junius released first EP, "Forcing Out The Silence."
Since that time, Junius has toured around the world many times over and released numerous other EP's, splits, and full-lengths. To celebrate the anniversary of the band's first-ever release and a decade of existence, the space rock quartet has teamed up with Science of Silence Records to bring the "Forcing Out The Silence" EP back to life.
First released by Radar Recordings and later packaged together with the "Blood Is Bright" EP to form the band's first self-titled full length, this marks the first time "Forcing Out The Silence" will be released as a standalone vinyl piece on November 18th.
Completely remastered for vinyl by Will Benoit of The Radar Studio (Caspian, Constants, Gifts From Enola), this release will see its original artwork expanded for the format by guitarist Michael Repasch-Nieves. Vinyl will be limited to 500 with four different variants being offered: Black (180g), White, Red as well as a White/Black Swirl. All versions will have a B-Side etching.
Pre-orders for the November 18th release are currently up for sale now at this location. All orders will receive a digital download of the remastered album, which will also include an unearthed demo for the track "From The Isle of the Blessed."
Phoenix based power/progressive act Born of Fire released a music video for the new track "Dead Winter Sun." The song is the title track of the sophomore full length release. The album is expected out soon, with further details to be announced.
The video was directed by drummer Steve D. Dorssom. Check out "Dead Winter Sun" here:
Mountains Under Oceans - an instrumental four piece post-metal band based in Glasgow, Scotland - just released a new single.
Check out the track "We Built Our Castles On Moving Sand" in the player below, or pick up a digital copy of the song at Bandcamp here. Mountains Under Oceans consists of:
Dan Stevenson - Guitar
Robbie Tranter - Guitar
Steven Dempster - Bass
Mark Norris - Drums More...
Hailing from Stockholm, gloomy metal outfit Avatarium was founded in late 2012. Following the success of the band's eponymous debut in 2013, Avatarium just announced the release of new EP "All I Want." The vinyl/digital only EP will be out November 14th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
Today the band puts up the official teaser for the "All I Want" EP, giving you a first hint on what to expect. Check out the clip below. The track listing is as follows:
Side A (45 RPM)
01. All I Want
02. Deep Well
Side B (33 RPM)
01. Pandora’s Egg (live)
02. Tides Of Telepathy (live)
03. Bird Of Prey (live)
The three live songs were recorded at the 2013 edition of the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands, which was the second ever Avatatrium show and the first one outside of Sweden. More...
Pennsylvania progressive metal act MindMaze is streaming the new track "Back From the Edge." The is the title from the band's sophomore album "Back from the Edge." The album is set for release on Oct. 24th in Europe and Oct. 28th in North America via Inner Wound Recordings.
Mindmaze now features Symphony X bassist Mike LaPond. The track listing for the album is:
1. Back From the Edge
2. Through the Open Door
3. Moment of Flight
4. Dreamwalker (streaming over here)
5. The Machine Stops
6. Consequence of Choice
7. End of Eternity
8. Onward (Destiny Calls II)
Check out "Back From the Edge" here: More...
Through the history of popular music, many album covers have paid homage to the iconic War World II photograph, "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima." This still features a group of United States Navy men raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima. The original, taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in 1945, won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and even inspired the equally iconic Marine Corps War Memorial monument located at Arlington, Virginia.
Two of the most recognizable cover album homages came out in 1986, barely months apart from each other. One was the sleeve for Savatage's third full-length, "Fight for the Rock" and the other belonged to Status Quo's "In the Army Now."
Savatage Vs. Status Quo
There are many factors that indicate that the conceptual similarities between both artworks were just coincidental. Ripping off each other or the original photo wasn't the point here. First, there was a short time frame between both albums' release dates—Savatage's in June; Satus Quo's in August. Probably, by the time "Fight for the Rock" came out, the cover for "In the Army Now" was already completed and heading into production and promotion. After all, let's remember that albums take a long time to put together from writing, production, to graphic design, marketing to release.
On top of that, the origins of both arts cannot be more different: Heavy metallers, Savatage, ordered their image (featuring the members of the band raising an American flag) apparently as a direct consequence of not including band photos in their previous albums' layouts. Their label (Atlantic) was demanding a portrait so instead of just simply posing like any other band, they opted for re-recreating the famous Iwo Jima still.
In the case of rockers, Status Quo, designer Mark Wilkinson (Judas Priest, Europe) remembers that the cover concept for his hand painted image (featuring fans and a British flag) "was suggested to me by singer/guitarist Rick Parfitt,—to reflect their 'denim army', the fans who followed them." More...
Amaranthe is gearing up to release "Massive Addictive" on October 21st via Spinefarm Records, and today a new track from the album is available for streaming.
Check out "Trinity" in the player provided below. You can also watch the previously released music video for "Drop Dead Cynical" at this location. The album's track listing is:
2. Drop Dead Cynical
4. Massive Addictive
5. Digital World
8. Over and Done
9. Danger Zone
11. An Ordinary Abnormality
12. Exhale More...
The fourth teaser from Finnish melodic death/doom metal act Ghost Brigade is available for the upcoming release "IV - One With The Storm." The album is set for release via Season of Mist Records on November 7th (EU) and November 11th (North America).
The track listing for the album is:
1. Wretched Blues
4. Disembodied Voices
5. Electra Complex
6. Stones and Pillars
8. The Knife
9. Long Way to the Graves
10. Elämä On Tulta
Check out the clip here: More...
Horror metal outfit Cadaveria has revealed the details on new album "Silence," due out on November 18th via Scarlet Records. "Silence" follows previous album "Horror Metal," released in 2012 on Bakerteam Records. The band comments:
“'Silence' is an immense and supreme ‘sound-folly’ that celebrates the capriciousness of destiny, the fugacity of life and the eternal presence of darkness in light. An instinctive impetus made of pure emotions, calibrated by awareness and experience.
"This album represents our maturity as musicians and the highest and most sincere expression of myself as an artist and as a woman. These new compositions are extremely gloomy and sinister, but they give off an explosion of power, intense energies and deep sensations. ‘Silence’ will guide you into a carnival of imagination and reality, where doom and free will are playing their last chess game. I’m sure it will leave many people speechless. Silence!”
The track listing is as follows:
1. Velo (The Other Side Of Hate)
2. Carnival Of Doom
3. Free Spirit
4. The Soul That Doesn’t Sleep
6. Out Loud
7. Death, Again
9. Almost Ghostly
11. Strangled Idols More...
De Profundis has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Nick Tingle:
"END OF AN ERA: It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Nick Tingle (drums) and De Profundis have parted ways after six years together. Nick was an essential part in forging De Profundis sound from the second album onwards and during this time we had the privilege to watch him mature as a drummer and musician overall.
"After years of doing music for practically no remuneration Nick has discovered the world of permanent employment and earning money in the process. We came together to the conclusion that he wouldn’t be able to contribute to the band like he has in the past and therefore didn’t want to hold us back.
"Although we didn’t know it at the time, Bloodstock turned out to be his last show with De Profundis and ironically it was his first gig with us back in 2008! Nice way to bow out.
"As sad a departure as this is, De Profundis has gathered a lot of momentum since the release of the Frequencies EP which we couldn’t let slip. We are therefore proud to welcome Tom Atherton (Carpathia, Phyrexia) to our ranks as our new drummer.
"For those of you who came to see us on the Malevolent Creation tour, you may have noticed Tom on the drums already as he was depping for Nick. Tom kindly stepped in a the last minute and learnt the songs in one week and had two rehearsals with us before setting off for what turned out to be our best tour so far. If you know what the drumming on a De Profundis song requires then you will understand what an incredible feat that was. When the position for a new drummer opened Tom was keen on joining us and taking the band forward.
"So please join us in welcoming Tom to De Profundis and once again we would like to thank Nick for all his hard work and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. You will be missed but not forgotten.
"See you all shortly on the road." More...
Nearly a month after revealing a new lineup, Sweden's Harmony have announced the impending release of the new studio ablum "Theatre of Redemption." The album will be issued via Ulterium Records on November 28th (EU) and December 2nd (North America).
"Theatre of Redemption" features Daniel Heiman (ex-Lost Horizon, Heed) on vocals for all tracks. The album was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain).
The first single "The Window of My Soul," will be released digitally late this month. "Theatre of Redemption" will be issued in the following formats:
* Regular CD edition
* Black wooden box edition [Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. Includes the CD and booklet, a Harmony guitar pick, a sticker, a postcard and an exclusive "The History of Harmony" 20-page booklet]
* Vinyl edition [Limited to 500 copies. Includes insert with lyrics]
* Digital edition
All physical editions, as well as three different t-shirt designs, are available for preorder at the Ulterium Records Store at this location.
The track listing for the album is:
1. The Window of My Soul
3. Crown Me King
4. Son of the Morning
5. What If
6. Theatre of Redemption
8. You Are
9. Hands of Time
10. In Search Of More...
The Wintersun studio saga continues...
After posting a lengthy message online back in July about how no lesser studio could possibly do justice to the follow-up to the "Time" album (reviewed here) and trying to leverage the online rage of fans to force Nuclear Blast into building the band its own studio (followed by an even lengthier message defending the first one that had people pulling out the popcorn), Wintersun will now be launching a crowd funding campaign so the fans can foot the bill for said studio.
The following message gauging interest in such a campaign was posted on the Wintersun Facebook page:
"Wintersun Studio & Time II crowd funding survey (Please read first before liking!): Good news guys! We have reached an agreement with Nuclear Blast. We gotta give them big props for coming through for us! But first, we need to do a little survey to estimate if we could actually reach our crowd funding goal (which is pretty damn high) before we rush into it.
"We need to estimate carefully our goal, what is possible and what is not before we can move forward with our plans. This is sort of a test run, but this will hopefully determine approximately how much support we would have. We also want to be clear that the crowd funding is not a charity, we are not asking for donations or anything for free. You would totally get your monies worth!
"So we would like to know... If we did this crowd funding project, how many of you guys would be willing to pre-order a TIME II High Quality download package? Stem mixes and many other killer goodies would be included in the perk. All details will be revealed later, but this package would be huge, something never done before! Here´s a little taster what the package would include:
- High quality full album download (wav 24bit, 44.1kHz), exactly the way the album was recorded, mixed and mastered
- Includes all tracks (Fields of Snow, The Way of the Fire, One with the Shadows, Ominous Clouds, Storm, Silver Leaves)
- Beautiful PDF extended digital booklet with all crowd funding backer names included (optional)
TIME II Stems
- Separated mix tracks for all Drums, Bass, Rhythm Guitars, Melody Guitars & Solos, Vocals, Orchestrations of all songs
- Make your own mix, adjust the levels for your own liking, listen all the main instruments separately, discover and learn all the secrets inside the mix layers
"But that´s just for starters, this package would include many other items and surprises. We feel very confident about this and trust that you all would go crazy about it! And this package is just the first perk on the list. But this would be our main focus for the campaign.
"The price would be very affordable and with the guarantee that 100% of the raised money would go for the funding of our studio and Wintersun´s album productions. This would be your chance of a lifetime to support us directly and get an insane TIME II package for your money at the same time (pun intended!). So win-win! All we want you to do for now is...
"Please LIKE this post if you would buy and support us.
"Please DO NOT click the LIKE if you would not buy.
"AND PLEASE SHARE THIS POST TO EVERYONE!!! Because it's important that all our potential supporters see this post and we get some idea whether there's a chance to reach our goal. Thanks!"
So, what do you guys think - is this legitimate use of crowd funding in a win/win for fan and musician, or should the group suck it up and do what ever other metal band on the planet with a major label record contract manages to do and release albums on a regular schedule? More...
Swedish symphonic metal band Lapis Lazuli announced that the fifth studio album will be entitled "The Downfall of Humanity." The album's artwork can be viewed below. More information on the album, including release date and track list is expected soon.
The update with the reveal reads: "Sorry for the long silence! We have been really busy with stuff!
The mixing of the album is finished! And the mastering is being done as we speak! In just a few weeks we will give you more details about the release of the album! (Announcement of an announcement)!"
UMC - promoters for the World's Original and Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced that Danish thrash legends Artillery have been added to the 2015 roster. The band is about to embark on a North American Tour this November with U.K.'s Onslaught in support of the "Legions" (2013).
70,000 Tons of Metal 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.
All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.
Artillery joins previously announced bands below, with 29 bands still to be announced:
U.K. symphonic extreme act White Empress released the first part in a series of track-by-track videos for debut full length release "Rise of the Empress." The album dropped via Peaceville Records just yesterday in the U.S.
The video showcases the album's first five tracks - "Rise of the Empress," "The Congregation," "A Prisoner Unleashed," "Darkness Encroaching," and "Sven's Tower" - as Paul Allender (ex-Cradle of Filth) gives the background and insight on the writing process for the album.
Check out the clip here:
As Nightwish continues to prepare for the upcoming eighth studio album, the latest in an ongoing series of album trailers is available. In episode 5, vocalist Floor Jansen (ReVamp) and Uillean pipe lord Troy Donockley, the band's newest members, arrive at the secluded lake in Finland to take part in the writing and recording.
Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen, who appears in this latest episode, will sit out on the recording sessions due to health issues relating to insomnia, with Kai Hahto (Wintersun, Swallow The Sun) replacing him.
All the clips in the series were produced by Ville Lipiäinen. Check out the fifth installment here: More...
Italian metal act Alltheniko is streaming the new track "Scream for Exicter." The song appears on the band's upcoming fifth studio release entitled "Fast and Glorious," which is set to drop on December 4th via Pure Steel Records.
1. Tank of Death
2. Fast and Glorious
4. Holy War, Holy Fighters
5. Scream for Exciter
6. Spirit of War
7. Power to Rebel
8. The Arenas God
9. Power and the Glory I.U.W.S. (Saxon Cover) More...
Dublin's Primordial will release new studio album, "Where Greater Men Have Fallen," on November 25th via Metal Blade Records. Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates:
"Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album."
The band's idea was to keep the Primordial trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. Nemtheanga adds, "We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!"
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Where Greater Men Have Fallen
2. Babel's Tower
3. Come The Flood
4. The Seed Of Tyrants
5. Ghosts Of The Charnel House
6. The Alchemist's Head
7. Born To Night
8. Wield Lightning To Split The Sun More...