Metal News for March 3, 2008
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46 news articles posted on this day.
The clasically trained harp duo HARPTALLICA, which performs a series of arrangements based on the music of METALLICA, has scheduled the following tour dates:
Apr. 27 - Metairie, LA @ Keystone's Lounge
Apr. 28 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's Cantina Ballroom
Apr. 29 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
Apr. 30 - St Louis, MO / In-Store Teaser Performance @ Vintage Vinyl
Apr. 30 - St Louis, MO @ The Underground
May 02 - Lawrence, KS @ The Gaslight Tavern
May 03 - Denver, CO @ Quixote's
May 04 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt's Tiki Lounge
May 06 - Spokane, WA @ The Blvd
May 07 - Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
May 11 - Fairfax, CA @ 19 Broadway Niteclub
May 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
May 14 - Malibu, CA @ The Malibu Inn
May 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
May 16 - Long Beach, CA @ Dipiazza's
May 17 - Tuscon, AZ @ Club Congress
May 18 - Mesa, AZ @ Hollywood Alley
May 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Atomic Cantina Rock Bar
May 21 - Dallas, TX @ The Curtain Club
May 22 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The North Gate Tavern
"Fire", the new video from TWINSPIRITS, the Italian progressive metal band featuring Daniele Liverani (KHYMERA, EMPTY TREMOR, GENIUS), can be viewed here. The clip was directed at the end of October 2007 by Elia "Solingo" Cristofoli, who has previousy worked with many established Italian artists such as DOLCENERA, LAURA PAUSINI, RIUL DOAMNEI and ARTHEMIS.
Due to "personal problems," TWINSPIRITS singer Soren Adamsen is unable to join the group on its spring tour of Italy. Italian singer Nicola Sedda has replaced Soren for the entire trek and will, for this special collaboration, present some of the songs from his latest album, "Since Before Creation". More...
Finnish black metallers WRATHAGE have issued the following update:
"D.V Grim will concentrate on the vocals from now on so we now have a vacancy for one hell of a guitarist. We practice in Oulu so if you're interested weekly participation is required. The age should be over 20 years as we are all 25+ years of age. Besides good playing skills we expect some good live performance as well. If you're interested go to the contact page and take contact.
"Yes, finally [WRATHAGE's promotional CD] 'Crawlspace Antipathy' is now out for the public after a shitload of blood, sweat and tears. The master is heading towards duplication but you can already download the MP3s. The track listing is:
01. Hic Sunt Diabolos (There Are Devils Here)
02. The Mercury Insolence
03. Black Movement Conspiracy
04. The Abscess
05. As Night Falls
06. Through The Halls Of Eternity (IMMORTAL cover)" More...
Vocalist Suvi G of the Finnish "dark metal" act VANGUARD has issued the following update:
"The long wait is closing in on its end, the new album is being mixed as we speak. Mixing will be done by this Sunday and on [February] 29 when it's mastered at Finnvox Studios by Minerva Pappi, skies will fall and by gods, it will finally be finished. We're hoping to get it released soon after that. Anyway we will give you some bits to chew on from the mixed versions!"
"We've had a couple of good gigs, the New Year's gig in St. Petersburg wasn't really a VANGUARD gig without our Tonmi [Lillman; drums], who had a previously booked gig with AJATTARA at the same time, but we were happily back together last Friday at the famous Tavastia club. The sounds are excellent there on stage which really makes a difference. It was fun to play and [presumably] not such a travesty for the listeners ears, either. These two were the first gigs without our pianist Lari, and I have to say it feels weird. Still I'd like to say, for the millionth time, my ever-grateful thanks to Antti and Teemu for helping out (and getting adopted by us) at Russia and for Janne of WALTARI and AJATTARA for helping out at Tavastia with DEATHSTARS. You all rock!! Next time we will probably have our new six-piece live line-up up and operational, that'll be something completely different. However, Lari as a brother-in-arms and as a band member will never be replaced, and we wish him nothing but happiness and good luck on his career. We miss you, bro!" More...
Hardcore/metal veterans PRO-PAIN have scheduled the following dates:
May 23 - Poland - Wroclaw @ Finlej
May 24 - Czech - Teplice @ Mighty Sounds Festival
May 25 - Slovakia - Bratislava @ Randal
May 26 - Hungary - to be announced
May 28 - Croatia - Zagreb - to be announced
May 29 - Serbia - Nis - to be announced
May 30 - Greece - to be announced
May 31 - Greece - to be announced
Jun. 01 - Greece - to be announced
Jun. 02 - Greece - to be announced
Jun. 03 - Bulgaria - Sofia @ Black Box
Jun. 04 - Romania - Bucharest - to be announced
Jun. 05 - Slovakia - Spisska Nova Ves @ Culture House
Jun. 06 - Czech - Trebic @ Zamosti Festival
Jun. 07 - Poland - Krakow @ Lochness
Aug. 14-16 - Germany Dinkelsbuehl Summer Breeze Festival
Aug. 22 - Germany Usedom Headbangers Weekend Open Air
Aug. 23 - Germany Hameln Jochenrolfest
Aug. 24 - Germany Essen Essen Original Open Air
Aug. 29 - Germany Losheim Rock Area Festival
Aug. 30 - Holland Rijssen Elzrock Festival
Sep. 12 - Germany Graeffenhainchen OFT Ferropolis Festival
PRO-PAIN released its latest album, "Age Of Tyranny / The Tenth Crusade", in Europe in March 2007.
Metal Underground.com have recieved the following press release:
"The highly anticipated debut from Black Tide, "Light From Above", can now be heard in its entirety on the band’s official Imeem page. Chalked full of heavy shredding and melodic hooks, Light >From Above draws from the likes of Megadeth, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Motley Crue and Skid Row. Head over to this location to preview the disc before its March 18th release."
"View the album cover for "Light From Above" here."
"Black Tide is currently on tour and will be playing this year’s South By Southwest festival." More...
California's OTEP have announced the following tour dates:
Mar. 30 - Farmington, NM - Gator's
Mar. 31 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Outer Rim
Apr. 01 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Ballroom
Apr. 02 - Colorado Spings, CO - Black Sheep
Apr. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - The Rock
Apr. 05 - Cedar Falls, IA - The Reverb
Apr. 07 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
Apr. 08 - Michigan Center, MI - Motorhead's Bar + Grill
Apr. 10 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Apr. 11 - Columbus, OH - Al Rose Villa
Apr. 12 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Apr. 13 - Toronto, ONT - The Opera House
Apr. 18 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 21 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
SOILWORK has been forced to cancel their Dallas appearance this evening at The Door with THROWDOWN, THROUGHT THE EYES OF THE DEAD and WAR OF AGES. The following statement was given on behalf of the band by their tour manager:
“Soilwork regret missing the show but the weather conditions prevented us from making the near 700 mile drive to the show from our previous night's headline show. We were stopped by an ice storm that nearly caused our bus to crash in the middle of the night. The roads could not be travelled. We are currently stranded in western Texas where there was an ice storm last night and everything is covered in ice. It actually started in New Mexico and I am surprised we even got this far. The roads are not drivable. They are all iced over and all cars and trucks are pulled off until they thaw. Being we are still close to 500 miles away and the temperature is not due to rise for hours our driver won't drive. The wind is strong and the bus was literally sliding off the highway with all the ice and we were only driving 15 mph. Last night we almost flipped the bus trying to navigate these roads and the bus actually turned sideways sliding down causing it to almost flip over. Looks like it snows in Texas when the Swedes come over here. Very rare.“
OBSCURA issue the following press release:
"OBSCURA caused quite a stir when they - out of nowhere - toured as support for SUFFOCATION on their European tour 2006 and when they independently released their debut album Retribution later on. Now they are back and stronger than ever before! Mastermind Steffen Kummerer (guitar/vocals) is now backed up by no one else than the former PESTILENCE bass player Jeroen Thesseling and the ex-NECROPHAGIST members Christian Muenzner (guitar) and Hannes Großmann (drums). Together they create their vision of the future of extreme metal. A symbiosis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements and technical as well as compositional demand. Something that the band simply calls extreme metal art. The focus lies on songwriting though and not just showing off technical riffs, blast beats and sweeps." More...
According to The Pulse of Radio, SEVENDUST will hit the road this spring with SALIVA. Dates and venues for the trek will be announced in the weeks ahead. SALIVA is currently in the midst of a trek with DROWNING POOL, while SEVENDUST has yet to announce any tour dates on its own. SEVENDUST recently pulled out of its participation in this summer's inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour, indicating in a statement that it canceled its involvement "due to changes in (the group's) touring schedule." The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour, featuring headliners DISTURBED and SLIPKNOT, is scheduled to kick off on July 9 in Seattle and will hit 30 North American cities.
SEVENDUST will release its new album, "Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow", on April 1. The first single is called "Prodigal Son", while the disc features guest appearances from Chris Daughtry and members of ALTER BRIDGE.
TMZ was in an L.A. County Courthouse this morning as Scott Weiland's attorney told us the troubled rocker has just finished a stint in rehab.
Weiland's attorney, Tony Brooklier, says the former STP-er has completed 28 days in a treatment facility and is "doing well."
Weiland was arrested last November and booked for driving under the influence of a drug.
His next court date is Wednesday, March 5th.
According to a posting on PRIMAL FEAR's official web site, guitarist Stefan Leibing's final performance with the band will take place on April 26 at the 10th anniversary concert in Reichenbach at H2O. Says the band, "[Stefan] will be on stage for some special songs, including a meet-and-greet. This will be a very emotional and unique moment for us all!"
Stefan Leibing announced his departure from PRIMAL FEAR earlier today in order to focus on family life.
PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "New Religion", last year landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at No. 60. "[This is] the [PRIMAL FEAR's] highest chart entry since 'Black Sun' in 2002," according to the band.
"New Religion" was released in the U.S. on January 29 via Locomotive/Ryko. Guest musicians on the album include Magnus Karlsson (STARBREAKER, ALLEN/LANDE), Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, ex-HELLOWEEN) and Simone Simons (EPICA).
American heavy metal band PHARAOH will release its third album, entitled "Be Gone", on April 24 via Cruz del Sur Music. Like its critically-acclaimed predecessor, "The Longest Night", the new album was recorded with Matt Crooks at MCR Studios in Manassas, Virginia. "Be Gone" was mastered by Colin Davis of Imperial Mastering.
"Be Gone" track listing:
01. Speak to Me
02. Dark New Life
03. No Remains
04. Red Honor
05. Buried at Sea
06. Rats and Rope
07. Cover Your Eyes and Pray
09. Be Gone More...
POISON frontman Bret Michaels has scheduled the following solo dates:
Mar. 07 - Wildhorse Saloon - Nashville, TN
Mar. 08 - Bradley Center - Milwaukee, WI
Mar. 09 - Joe's Bar and Grill - Chicago, IL
Mar. 10 - Caesar's Indiana - Elizabeth, IN
Mar. 11 - Sweet Caroline's - Winchester, VA
Mar. 12 - Sweet Caroline's - Winchester, VA
Mar. 13 - Sweet Carolines - Winchester VA
Mar. 14 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
Mar. 15 - Kewadin Casino - Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Mar. 29 - Meridian - Houston, TX
Apr. 03 - AZ Bike Week - Mesa, AZ
Apr. 04 - Viejas Casino-Dream Catcher Showroom - San Diego, CA
Apr. 05 - Dolphin Stadium - Miami Gardens, FL
Apr. 21 - Oneida Casino - Green Bay, WI
Apr. 26 - Lake of the Torches Casino - Lac Du Flambeau, WI
May 03 - Goodfellas - Pottsville, PA
May 08 - Ameristar Casino - Vicksburg, MS
May 09 - Ameristar Casino - Vicksburg, MS
May 16 - Riverwind Casino - Norman, OK
Jun. 03 - Artpark - Buffalo NY
Jun. 05 - Taste of Summer - Waukesha, WI
Jul. 10 - Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK
Propagandhi and Comeback Kid will tour Japan together in April. Here are the latest tour dates:
04/16 Kanagwa Atsugi @ Thundersnake
04/17 Osaka @ Sunhall
04/18 Nagoya @ Club Upset
04/19 Saitama Kumagaya @ Heaven's Rock VJ-1
04/20 Tokyo Shibuya @ Club Quattoro
Kid Rock is the latest act to confirm an appearance at this year's K!-sponsored Download Festival.
Tabloid bad boy Rock - who is currently touring the US with his Rock 'N' Roll Revival show - is joined by Bleeding Through, Throwdown, The Black Dahlia Murder and The Subways at the three-day rock spectacular at Donington Park on June 13, 14 and 15.
The Kerrang!-sponsored Download festival will be headlined by: Kiss, The Offspring and Lostprophets.
The full list of other bands on the bill so far is as follows: 36 Crazy Fists, Alter Bridge, Bleeding Through, Children Of Bodom, Chris Cornell, Coheed & Cambria, Disturbed, HIM, Incubus, In Flames, Job For A Cowboy, Jonathan Davis, Jimmy Eat World, Judas Priest, Kid Rock, Motorhead, Rise Against, The Black Dahlia Murder, Throwdown and The Subways.
The Download festival takes place the weekend of June 13 to June 15. Tickets are on sale now. Prices are as follows: a full weekend ticket: £130, standard camping: £20, camper van: £40, family zone camping: £20, lockers: £11, parking £10 in advance or £15 on the day. There will be a variety of ticket packages available to buy, including the RIP packages (a VIP package) from £315. For Club or VIP Experience packages, please call 020 7009 3484 to discuss your requirements.
Rusty Cage Records announces the signing of Dutch progressive metallers, Feed Forward, to their label. They have posted the following welcome message:
"For some time we were looking for a progressive metal band. Finally we found one with an added bonus: Female vocalist Biejanka! The band has been around for 5 years now, and found its own unique style."
"Expect the release of their album "Barefoot and Naked" spring 2008. The Feed Forward section of the RCR site will be ready within a couple of weeks."
"Check out the official Feed Forward website in the meantime!"
Rusty cage Records announces the signing of Dutch metallers, Martyr:
"We are very pleased to announce the addition of this eighties cult band to our roster. After releasing the Dutch Metal Cult Series, containing re-issues of 5 rare albums, we received many requests about Martyr's first album 'For the universe'. We will release a special version of this classic metal album: the guys have written new songs and will be recording them very soon!"
"Expect this great album to be released with the new recorded songs this summer."
Rusty Cage Records issues the following press release:
Dutch thrash/death metal band MagnaCult has been added to the DevilDriver tour line-up this coming April. After a period of silence you can see the band doing what they do best: Kick ass on stage!!
The Tour dates are as follows:
April 28 - Koln (D), Die Werkstatt
April 29 - Paris (FR), Le Trabendo
April 30 - Luxembourg (LUX), Rockhal Club
Rusty Cage Records issues the following press release:
Cypher will support This Is Menace at the Dutch shows of their "The scene is dead" tour. This will be a great opportunity to see the band live in some nice venues in the Netherlands.
March 07 - Sneek (NL), Het Bolwerk
March 08 - Amsteveen (NL), P60
March 09 - Uden (NL), De Pul
Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor released his latest work "Ghosts I-IV" on 6:00 p.m. PST, March 2, 2008, via NIN.com. This release is a four volume collection of 36 untitled instrumental tracks, nearly two hours of music, recorded over a 10-week period last fall.
"Ghosts I-IV" was conceived as an experiment: Following the conclusion of 2007’s "Year Zero" album, alternate reality game and touring campaign, Trent Reznor enlisted Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder with help from Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew and Brian Viglione to create spontaneous, impulsive soundtracks to daydreams with no agenda or release date, only a self-imposed 10-week time limit. Rob Sheridan collaborated with Artist in Residence (A+R) to create the accompanying visual and physical aesthetic.
The end result is a wildly varied body of work released in its entirety with no label-imposed limitations–musical, physical or otherwise. More...
Finnish metal group TERÄSBETONI, which will represent Finland in this year's Eurovision Song Contest (having won the Finnish final on Saturday, March 1), will release its third album, "Myrskyntuoja", on March 19 via Warner Music Finland. The CD's cover artwork can be viewed at this location. The album was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, APOCALYPTICA, THE 69 EYES), who previously worked with TERÄSBETONI on the group's last LP, the gold-certified (in Finland) "Vaadimme metallia", which came out in 2006.
"Myrskyntuoja" track listing:
01. Voiman Vartijat
03. Missä Miehet Ratsastaa
06. Paha Sanoo
07. Teräksen Taakka
08. Metallin Voima
09. Kuumilla Porteilla
11. Huominen Tulla Jo Saa
12. Seiso Suorassa More...
Dallas/Ft. Worth TX-based metal act WITHIN CHAOS has scheduled the following dates;
Mar. 05 - Jackrabbits - Jacksonville, Florida
Mar. 06 - The Orpheum - Tampa, Florida
Mar. 07 - The Red Door - Pensacola, Florida
Mar. 08 - Floyd's – Tallahassee, Florida
Mar. 09 - The Haven Lounge - Winter Park, Florida
Mar. 11 - Masquerade - Atlanta, Georgia
Mar. 13 - Off The Wagon - Montgomery, Alabama
Mar. 14 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, South Carolina
Mar. 15 - Jesters Pub - Fayetteville, North Carolina
Mar. 16 - Zakks Coffeehouse - Murfreesboro, North Carolina
Mar. 19 - Jaxx - West Springfield, Virginia
Mar. 25 - Paradox Rift - Huntington, West Virginia
Mar. 26 - Uncle Pleasants - Louisville, Kentucky
Mar. 29 - The Mosh Hall - Henryetta, Oklahoma More...
Polish experimental black metallers STROMMOUSSHELD have issued the following update:
"Maels Strommö [vocals, guitar, electronics] and Mr. Comankh [VJ, backing vocalist] are currently recording the debut album of their brand-new solo project HORISUN — an unique collage of Maels' psychedelic post-trip-rock-metal guitars, avantgarde vintage sounds and brilliant electronic pads with mesmerized vocals and visuals of Comankh.... It is different from STROMMOUSSHELD, but you can still find some influences and similarities of it. Check the MySpace page and listen to the band's first notes already recorded..."
A new STROMMOUSSHELD song, entitled "Long Ago Gone", was posted last year on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's upcoming album, tentatively due later in the year.
STROMMOUSSHELD issued its most recent EP, "Halfdecadance", in 2004 via Metal Mind Productions.
Germany's SOLEMNITY has revealed the cover artwork and track listing of its upcoming album, "Lords of the Damned", due later in the year.
SOLEMNITY's current lineup is as follows:
Sven The Axe (vocals, sitar, violin, moog, choirs, horn, fx)
Ralf "The Red Monk" Gromer (bass, keys)
Frank Pané (all electric six- and seven-string guitars)
Harry Reischmann (drums)
"Lords of the Damned" track listing:
01. Thorn In The Eye (Open Fire Part III)
02. Kiss Of Chaos
03. Epic Damnation
04. Lords Of The Damned
05. Different Story (Peter Schilling cover) (feat. Dani, ex-Ligeia)
06. Century Of Death
07. Warlock's Ride
08. Kingdom Of The Flames
10. Sex Magick (feat. THE BEAST!!!)
12. White Veils
13. The Keeper More...
"Confrontation", the new video from OTEP, can be viewed below. The track comes off the group's new album, "The_Ascension", which sold 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in November to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Produced by Dave Fortman (MUDVAYNE, EVANESCENCE), "The_Ascension" sees the band challenging itself to avoid clichés and classifications and finding a new landscape of sound and vision. "We said 'genre limits and music fads be damned, let's write music that is important to us and that motivates us," explained Shamaya. "I wanted to write songs we believe in and let nothing stop us from building the album we want to make." More...
Los Angeles based extreme metallers ABYSMAL DAWN have revealed the final artwork and track listing for their Relapse Records debut, "Programmed to Consume". The cover by Pär Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, WINDS OF PLAGUE) can be viewed at this location can now be viewed at the band's MySpace page.
"Programmed to Consume" track listing:
01. Programmed to Consume
02. Compulsory Resurrection
03. Twilight's Fallen
04. Grotesque Modern Art
05. A Remission of Life
06. The Descent
07. Aeon Aomegas
08. Cease to Comprehend
09. Walk the Path of Fire
ABYSMAL DAWN recently posted two new songs — "Programmed to Consume" and "Compulsory Resurrection" — on its MySpace page.
ABYSMAL DAWN's forthcoming sophomore album was produced by John Haddad (INTRONAUT, PHOBIA, EYES OF FIRE).
"Programmed to Consume" is set for release on May 13 (North America) and May 17 (rest of world) via Relapse Records.
Commented ABYSMAL DAWN's Charles Elliott: "I'm very confident that these are the sickest vocals I've put to tape yet! We even had our friend Jacob from RECIPROCAL come in and do some guest vocals on the track 'Twilight's Fallen'. Some very sick sounds will meet all your ears soon indeed! Everyone played their hearts out on this album and I think you can feel the intensity in all our performances. Quite frankly, we feel this album is ABYSMAL DAWN's best yet and will destroy 'From Ashes' by far! Maybe it's just us though, so we'll let you be the judge."
ARCH ENEMY vocalist Angela Gossow has posted this message on her MySpace page:
"My dearest tyrants,
Nina has relaunched my website design - have a look around!!!
We have a week of monster rehearsals behind us - 8 hours per day. I am not sure if we are delirious or super fit by now - but I am very sure our Japanese fans will show us what their verdict is. I for one know this is a killer set and it is well over 90 minutes long! Expect plenty of new tracks, self-indulging solo spots and super refined drum solo. I am sorry my unplugged A cappella bit will be missing again - but you all know what I think about whiny clean vocals in extreme Metal - ergh.
We will be bringing a film crew to Japan to catch at least one show and a lot of off-stage footage for a new DVD. It's about time to capture the intensity and insanity of our beloved Japanese fans and friends! So, my dearest daughters and suns of the rising sun - make sure you will be there at the shows - you will be on tape.
So long, gotta try to close that suitcase now... always a challenge.
COLDWORKER drummer Anders Jakobson has posted this message on the band's website:
"Finally we can bring you all the info about our upcoming second album 'Rotting Paradise', along with the cover artwork and a sample track!
Recording: The album was recorded at four different location and mixed and mastered at a fifth. The drums were recorded over a couple of days at Soundlab Studios. The guitars (all digital this time) were recorded at Johan from This Haven's house, while the bass was recorded at my house and the vocals in Coldworker Studios. After all that, Dan Swanö mixed and mastered everything at his own Unisound Studios.
01. Reversing The Order (Bertilsson)
02. Citizens of the Cyclopean Maze (Jakobson//Fornbrant)
03. Symptoms Of Sickness (Bertilsson/Schröder//Pålsson)
04. The Black Dog Syndrome (Pålsson)
05. Comatose State (Bertilsson)
06. Paradox Lost (Jakobson)
07. The Last Bitter Twist (Schröder/Jakobson//Fornbrant)
08. Seizures (Bertilsson//Fornbrant)
09. The Machine (Jakobson/Fornbrant//Jakobson)
10. I Am The Doorway (Jakobson)
11. Scare Tactics (Pålsson)
12. Deliverance Of The Rejected (Jakobson//Fornbrant)
The Japanese album will include a 13th track, a cover version of SEPULTURA's 'Necromancer'.
Two more songs were recorded during the session ('Cold World Paranoia', 'Identify With The Aggressor') which will end up on a split 7" EP during the year. More info to come about that.
Artwork: Orion Landau from Relapse has yet again graced our album with an AMAZING artwork. The picture above is the front of the CD, the rest you'll have to wait for but it's very disturbing images that all go along with the concept of 'Rotting Paradise'. The CD will be a six-panel digipack with a 12-panel booklet. The album will also be released on vinyl in a gatefold cover with a slightly different front image.
Release dates: The exact release dates are yet to be confirmed but it's early May worldwide.
Sample track: Click on the media player to hear 'Citizens Of The Cyclopean Maze', the entire song."
In other news, the band have announced a new gig in Norway with Swedish death metallers VOMITORY. Here are the band's upcoming live dates:
Mar. 15 - Oslo, Norway - Club Maiden (w/ VOMITORY)
May 30 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 (Neurotic Deathfest 2008)
Polish metal titans BEHEMOTH report:
"Never one known to rest on their laurels, the Polish killing machine Behemoth raises the bar once again with their bombastic new video 'At The Left Hand Ov God', which provides them the perfect visual forum to convey their over-the-top ideals.
This is pure blasphemy at it's finest and it is just another step closer to solidifying their spot as the genre's most dangerous and unrelenting force. The clip was produced by acclaimed Polish director Dariusz Szermanowicz and Group 13." An eye-popping trailer can be seen below...
In other news, the band has just finished the second leg of their European Apostasy tour, which covered the UK, France, Spain and Portugal.
Nergal (vocals, guitars) states: “We’ve just returned home, exhausted but satisfied! It was extremely successful trek I have to say. Shows in London, Lisbon, Limoges and Nantes in France and especially the one in Paris, which we filmed for upcoming DVD were probably our best performances EVER. I’m so fuckin’ happy we managed to catch that memorable night on cameras, so we can share it with fans in the near future. Also, I’d like to send my regards to both opening bands: Suicide Silence and Devilish Impressions for being great companions. We are taking some time off now to enjoy a few weeks of well deserved rest before we hit the road again. The Inferno Festival and North American tour await. Get ready for some more darkness to come!”
Behemoth are set to make their much anticipated return to North America this spring on The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2 as direct support to DIMMU BORGIR. The month-long trek, which kicks off on April 2nd, also features KEEP OF KALESSIN in the support slot and marks Behemoth's third stateside run in support of The Apostasy. More...
Metal Temple has issued an interview with ROTTING CHRIST frontman Sakis. The following is an excerpt from the interview, conducted by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos:
Q: How was the Athenian concert where you filmed the upcoming DVD?
A: It was something amazing! We had 1,500 fans who knew all the songs and were singing with us. I am really happy about the result of this concert.
Q: When can we expect the release of this DVD?
A: Actually, we have done absolutely nothing about it! After the US tour we will start working on it. I think that we will probably release it in September.
Read the full interview at Metal Temple.
As previously reported, Rotting Christ filmed their December 8th, 2007 concert in Athens, Greece for the upcoming DVD.
The group’s setlist was as follows: 'Intro', 'The Sign Of Prime Creation', 'Keravnos Kivernitos', 'Athanatoi Este', 'Enuma Elish', 'King Of A Stellar War', 'The Fifth Illusion', 'Archon', 'The First Field Of The Battle', 'Shadows Follow', 'The Sign Of Evil Existence', 'Coronation Of The Serpent', 'The Old Coffin Spirit', 'The Mystical Meeting', 'Thou Art Blind', 'Morality Of A Dark Age', 'You My Cross', 'Saturn Unlock Avey’s Son', 'Exiled Archangels', 'Sorrowfull Farewell', 'Among Two Storms', 'After Dark I Feel', 'In Domine Sathana', 'Nemecic', 'Under The Name Of Legion'. Encore: 'Societas Satanas' (THOU ART LORD cover), 'Non Serviam'.
Further details as they surface.
Roadrunner Records Canada reports:
"KILLSWITCH ENGAGE continue to cement their reputation as road warriors. After wrapping up their successful, sold out winter tour, the Massachusetts band has just announced another spate of tour dates that will find the band hitting several Canadian markets.
The two-week tour, featuring THROWDOWN, POISON THE WELL and THE END as support acts, kicks off on May 10th at Toronto's Sound Academy and runs through May 29th where it wraps up at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, BC.
Below are the tour dates and locations. Pre-sale for all fans begins today (Monday, March 3rd) at Noon (EST) (link below). Regular on-sale tickets can be purchased beginning March 6th.
10 - The Sound Academy - Toronto, ON
11 - Elements Night Club - Kitchener, ON
13 - Capitole du Quebec - Quebec City, QC
14 - The Metropolis - Montreal, QC
16 - The Orbit Room - Grand Rapids, MI
17 - Rock On The Range Festival - Columbus, OH (Radio show)
18 - Point Fest - St. Louis, MO (Radio show)
19 - The Eagles Club - Milwaukee, WI
20 - Val Air Ballroom - Des Moines, IA
22 - Community Auditorium - Thunder Bay, ON
23 - Burton Cummings - Winnipeg, MB
24 - Odeon Events Centre - Saskatoon, SK
26 - Edmonton Events Center - Edmonton, AB
27 - MacEwan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB
29 - Croatian Cultural Center - Vancouver, BC
FORCE OF EVIL, the Danish band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (ex-IRONFIRE), has issued the following update:
"Good news for vinyl collectors: 'Black Empire' [originally released in 2005] is now available in a vinyl gatefold version. Only 500 copies made. The vinyl version of 'Black Empire' is now available from eBay.
"Other updates: The band is hibernating right now, and at this point we can't give more specifics about the bands future. All members are and have been quite busy with other things during the past years. Michael Denner has been recording guitars on a progressive rock album called 'Taylor's Universe With Michael Denner'. Martin Steene is active with recordings for a new IRON FIRE album as well as a new album with NIGHTLIGHT. Hal Patino is assisting his son Jackie Patino in getting his band MARY ANN COTTON established. Hal is also playing bass in the new heavy metal band DISASTERPIECE featuring members from KING DIAMOND and CRIMSON GLORY. Bjarne T. Holm is always on the go playing the drums for different bands in Copenhagen. And this spring Hank is launching his solo output called Hank Shermann's DEMONICA. The style is raw thrash and metal."
Swedish metallers, Within Y, issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"Yet another song from our brand new album "The Cult" is now uploaded! Listen to "Deathtrip" exclusively here at MySpace. If you like the song, please make sure to visit our website and order your own copy of the album from the merch-section."
"Also our MySpace layout has had a makeover and is refreshed with a new design!"
Israeli metallers, Distorted, complete their new album, "Voices From Within," and issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"Hi guys and girls!"
"After a long silence we are happy to annouce our new album 'VOICES FROM WITHIN' that was recorded at Studio Underground in Sweden by the producer Pelle Seather between November 2007 till December 2007 and Mastered at 'Turan Audio Ltd' (UK) by Tim Turan."
"Special guest vocals on this album:
Sven De Caluwe – Aborted, Thomas Vikstrom – Therion, Lisa Johansson – Draconian, and guest lead guitar Henrik Jacobsen – Koldborn (ex-Hatesphere)" More...
A brand new ILLDISPOSED track, entitled "Weak Is Your God", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the Danish metallers' 10th album, "The Prestige", due on March 28 via AFM Records (april in the U.S. via Locomotive Records). The CD was mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with Fredrik Nordström and features cover artwork by Mattias Norén.
"The Prestige" track listing:
01. Let Go
02. The Tension
03. Weak Is Your God
04. Working Class Zero
05. A Song Of Myself
06. Like Cancer
07. Love Is Tasted Bitter
08. She Knows
09. A Child Is Missing
10. The Key To My Salvation
11. ...Your Devoted Slave
12. Ich Bin Verloren In Berlin More...
According to HotNews.ro, British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will perform at a a special day of B'estfest (dubbed B'estfest Aftershock) on July 11 at the Romexpo complex in Bucharest, Romania.
JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming tour will include shows where the group's entire upcoming "Nostradamus" album (based on the legendary 16th century prophet Nostradamus) will be performed as well as concerts featuring the band's classic songs.
In a recent interview with Rock My Monkey, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford was asked if "Nostradamus" will feature any "full-on-assault" tracks like "Painkiller" or if it will stick to the more classic JUDAS PRIEST style that PRIEST had on "Angel Of Retribution". "Well, I think, you know, I think it's always important to remember that the PRIEST in all of the years that we've been together, we've been very determined to give each record its own definition, and identity," he replied. "As you know, we're into double digits now since 'Rocka Rolla' all the way through to 'Angel Of Retribution', all the hundreds and hundreds of songs that we've released, you know. I guess the other thing is in terms of what we try to stand for is that we really avoid repetition. And that's an easy thing to fall into when you have a commercially successful record in terms of record sales and recognition, as 'Painkiller' was for us. But, I mean, you listen to 'Angel Of Retribution', and I think it's a very powerful, strong record, with a lot of the great elements that we all love about JUDAS PRIEST. So, you know, I think your feelings are one that would be expressed by millions of PRIEST fans around the world, you know. Everybody is very passionate about everything that we've ever done. There's always an eagerness to maybe refocus on some of your favorite moments. But we just leave that there. It's in the great breadth of things that we've achieved in that three decades plus of making heavy metal. We're just excited now to be focused on the present endeavor of 'Nostradamus'."
Guitarist Stefan Leibing has announced his departure from German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR. His statement reads as follows:
"Dear PRIMAL FEAR fans, after 10 years being in PRIMAL FEAR I have decided to take a time out from the music business for some time. I do this for my family, especially for my two little sons, who deserve to have more time together with their father. Of course, this is no easy decision, even if I know this is the right one. I leave the guys from PRIMAL FEAR in friendship and want to thank them at this point for their understanding and supporting me in this decision. I also want to thank you fans for a wonderful time during the last years! I say good-bye to you, having in mind, that this will NOT be a goodbye forever!"
The remaining members of PRIMAL FEAR add: "Well, it's hard to see the curtain fall for a friend and a great player after ten years standing side by side. We have all respect for Stefan's decision. We were realizing the problems he went through the entire last year. He will be missed as a character and a great guitar player. There's an open door for Stefan in PRIMAL FEAR and we're working on the possibility that Stefan will contribute a typical Stefan-style song to our forthcoming album! Good luck, Stefan, to you and your family! We will announce our new guitar player tomorrow!"
THE PROJECT HATE — the Swedish band featuring vocalist Jörgen Sandström (ex-ENTOMBED, GRAVE), guitarist Lord K. Philipson (GOD AMONG INSECTS, ex-LEUKEMIA), bassist Michael Håkansson (ENGEL, ex-EVERGREY), guitarist Petter S. Freed (2 TON PREDATOR), singer Jo Enckell (IGNORANCE BLISS) and drummer Daniel "Mojjo" Moilanen (RELEVANT FEW, DRACENA, RUNEMAGICK, LORD BELIAL, ENGEL) — has issued the following update:
"All the seven songs [for the new THE PROJECT HATE album] are now finished. Seven songs of the music you love when it comes to the HATE. It's time to complete the lyrics now, something that will definitely take some time. During the coming months (or more thruthfully; until we actually record the album) we will enhance the material as we go along, making everything even better, more infernal and all-around even more utterly dominating. We dig to work like that, you know."
"All vocal parts have been decided and both Jo and J are hard at work with what they will deliver next time. We have even contacted some of the planned guest musicians that we want on the next masterpiece. Some of them being childhood heroes actually. Maybe..."
THE PROJECT HATE's last album, "In Hora Mortis Nostræ", was released in September 2007 via Stormvox Records, the label owned by Swedish actor Peter Stormare.
Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA have cancelled their previously announced tour dates in Ecuador and Peru. They will be rescheduled soon.
The group's itinerary is now shaping up as follows:
Mar. 22 - Guarulhos, São Paulo, Brazil - Centro Internacional de Eventos
Mar. 28 - Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil - SESC
May 01 - Villarrobledo, Albacete, Spain - Viña Rock Festival 2008
German power metallers HELLOWEEN have confirmed the following Latin American live dates with special guests GAMMA RAY:
11 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Obras
13 - Santiago, Chile - Caupolican
15 - Curitiba, Brasil - Hellooch
17 - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil - Citibank Hall
18 - Belo Horizonte, Brasil - Chevrolet Hall
20 - Sao Paulo, Brasil - Credicard Hall
22 - Porto Alegre, Brasil - Pepsi Stage
24 - Manaus, Brasil - Arena Amadeu Teixeira
26 - Fortaleza, Brasil - Venue TBA
27 - Recife, Brasil - Chevrolet Hall
30 - Lima, Peru - Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposicion
2 - San Salvador, El Salvador - Venue TBA
4 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Estudio Cavaret
8 - Monterrey, Mexico - Venue TBA
10 - City, Mexico - Circo Volador More...
AMORPHIS have updated their live itinerary to add two new festival appearances.
The band will play the 2008 edition of Finland's Ruisrock Festival, taking place in Turku (Finland) from July 4th - 6th, as well as the Rockperry Festival, set for July 18th - 19th in Vaasassa, Finland.
As previously reported, Finnish metallers AMORAL will be supporting Amorphis this week on the following dates:
6 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, Finland
7 - Puijonsarvi - Kuopio, Finland
8 - Teatria - Oulu, Finland
Canadian metallers, Elevator 22, issue the following studio update on their Myspace page:
"Greetings, its been quite the busy month for us and we have been working hard. Mike did a great job tracking the drums for 8 songs in two days. Casey and I took about three sessions each to complete all the guitar tracks and they are sounding crushing! Bart did all his bass parts in one session and the bass sounds huge! Bart is doing an amazing job tracking the vocals, this time around we've done lots of multi-tracking and vocal harmonies. This week, we start the editing and mixing. We are all very excited about this album. Check back often for more news and new songs posted very soon."
Mahatma will be supporting SHADOWS FALL on March 5, 2008 when they come to Korean as part of their world tour. Also supporting will be Japan's technical melodic death metallers SERPENT.
In other Mahatma-related news, an excerpt of the band's first ever national TV appearance has been posted at on their label's MySpace page. The video footage was shot February 12 and has been telecast on EBS channel. Mahatma played songs from their 80's Bay Area thrash metal inspired sophomore album, "Perseverance."
Mahatma has also done an in-depth interview with Filipinometal.com, that is now online.
Progressive noise-metal shredders GENGHIS TRON have recently put up their concert footage of "Chapels" and "Endess Teeth" from their show at Club Infinity in Williamsville, NY. You can view the bands performance at The Underground Video Television website.
GENGHIS TRON will join CONVERGE, THE RED CHORD, and Relapse labelmates BARONESS for a three-week U.S. tour which will take the band throughout the West Coast before they head off to Europe. The bands new CD titled Board Up The House was released on February 19 through Relapse Records.
LITTLE CAESAR has confirmed that they will open for RATT at two “House of Blues” shows in April. The concert dates are as follows:
April 18 Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
April 19 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
In addition to the dates with RATT, the band will also play with JUNKYARD and RHINO BUCKET for the following date:
May 10 Hollywood, CA @ Safari Sam’s
Little Caesar is moving forward in 2008 with plans to launch a new website, release new music and a historical DVD, as well as further touring. More announcements are expected in the coming weeks.