Metal News for April 17, 2008
Last updated on August 28, 2015 at 8:20 AM ET
We post metal news every day, throughout the day, covering thousands of metal bands including underground and unsigned bands. You are currently browsing the news archive, but you can also find news by band.
40 news articles posted on this day.
San Francisco’s LIGHT THIS CITY has posted the band’s third in-studio video update exclusively at Revolver magazine’s website. Focusing on vocal tracking, the footage features commentary from the band, snippets of music, and a brief look at Testament mainman Chuck Billy’s vocal contributions to LIGHT THIS CITY’s forthcoming record, the band’s fourth. Also contributing a guest vocal spot on the album is lead scream John from labelmates The Funeral Pyre.
“We have been in the studio in Oakland, CA with engineer Zack Ohren tracking the follow up to Facing the Thousand, which should see a release date in September,” said drummer Ben Murray. “We couldn’t be more excited on how these new songs have turned out, and we are SURE that you guys will love them. Stay tuned for more info on the album as well as more video journals as the recording progresses.”
LIGHT THIS CITY was also recently added to the In Thrash We Trust tour alongside Death Angel, God Forbid, and Soilent Green, along with two shows alongside Testament, which will start May 1 in Michigan and conclude June 11 in New York City, criss-crossing the United States and parts of Canada along the way. Meanwhile, the band will play a handful of regional shows in April before hitting the road with the In Thrash We Trust tour package.
Here are the latest Light This City tour dates: More...
Bay Area thrash gods Testament have updated their tour schedule. It is now shaping up as follows:
*UPDATED on 04/18/08
05/01/08 Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
05/02/08 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Downunder
05/03/08 Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room/Chicago Powerfest
05/24/08 Valencia, Venezuela - Gillmanfest Carabobo
05/25/08 Bogata, Columbia - Teatro Astor Plaza
05/31/08 Belgrade, Serbia - Legacy Fest
06/01/08 Erstfeld, Switzerland - Transilvania Live Fest
06/02/08 Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
06/03/08 Eindhoven, Netherlands, Holland - Dynamo Club
06/05/08 Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Fest
06/06/08 Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air Fest
06/07/08 Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
06/08/08 Thessaloniki, Greece - Hydrogios
06/17/08 Saint-Petersburgh, Russia - Orlandina
06/18/08 Moscow, Russia - Tochka
06/20/08 Clisson, France - Hellfest
06/21/08 Istanbul, Turkey - Festival Valley
06/22/08 Bilbao, Spain - Rock Star Live
06/23/08 Vigo, Spain - A
06/24/08 Madrid, Spain - Heineken
06/25/08 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
06/26/08 Bergara, Spain - Jam
06/27/08 Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Fest
06/28/08 Bologna, Italy - Gods of Metal
06/29/08 Szczytno, Poland - Hunterfest
07/23/08 Victoria, B.C.
- Save On Foods Memorial Centre
07/24/08 Vancouver, B.C.
- General Motors Place
07/26/08 Calgary, Canada - McMahon Stadium/Ozzy Osbourne's Monsters Of Rock
07/27/08 Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
07/29/08 Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
07/30/08 Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
[NOTE: All dates subject to change. Always check with the venue first.
Also all July Canadian dates are in support of Judas Priest.
Heavy metal gods Judas Priest will make the title track from their new album "Nostradamus" available for free download on monday (21st April). In order to get the mp3, go to www.livenation.com/judaspriest and while you're there you can also check out the exclusive premire of the albums front cover.
The new album will be a double disc set with limited editions also being made.
The albums tracklisting is as follows:
01. Dawn of Creation *
03. Awakening *
05. The Four Horsemen *
07. Sands of Time *
08. Pestilence And Plague
10. Peace *
12. Lost Love
14. Solitude *
17. Shadows In the Flame *
19. Hope *
20. New Beginnings
21. Calm Before the Storm *
23. Future Of Mankind
* Intro pieces of music/interludes going into the main track
Rock legend Alice Cooper has told Mitchell Peters of Billboard.biz that his forthcoming studio album, "Along Came A Spider", is about 75% complete. "It's a real 'Alice' album," he says, noting that the set could see an August release date. "Conceptually, it's going to be pretty interesting."
Cooper wouldn't reveal too many details, but says the album is based on a fictional serial killer named Spider, who wraps his victims in a silk web. "Every song is sort of a letter to the police," he explains. "They think they're investigating it from the outside, but he's actually woven them into the whole thing."
Cooper has international tour dates booked from July through October. For the "Along Came A Spider Tour", which will most likely begin in 2009, Cooper says he plans to model each show after an old radio drama, like "The Shadow".
Reactivated Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN have tapped former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos for their upcoming European tour.
The group, whose original skinsman Paul Bostaph is currently touring with TESTAMENT, played several dates in February with special guest drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL).
As previously reported, FORBIDDEN is rumored to be in talks with Nuclear Blast Records about recording a new studio album for the label. The proposed deal would also include the release of a new full-length live album, to be recorded on the band's upcoming European tour.
FORBIDDEN's last studio album, "Green", was released in 1997 on the G.U.N. label.
Sweden's The Bereaved has checked in with the following update:
"Alright here's the deal! We are gonna have the finished copy of 'Daylight Deception' this weekend. I know the record does not come out untill the summer but we want to post a track or two..So let me here you people and see who's reading these things...If we can see that there is enogh of you out there that are keeping up with us and wanting to hear this stuff and can get back to us, we'll post more the just one song!!!It starts now!!!!"
Check out The Bereaved at www.myspace.com/thebereavedswe.
The upcoming Bereaved album, "Daylight Deception," is due out this summer via VIC records and will feature new vocalist Travis Neal.
Century Media has posted this press release:
The unstoppable Montreal killing machine, CRYPTOPSY, has wreaked havoc throughout the extreme Metal genre for more than a decade, but in 2008 the band has returned stronger than ever. CRYPTOPSY have ultimately crafted their career defining release, "The Unspoken King" [view cover], which could quite possibly also be their most brutal, yet dynamic offering and will be released in Europe on the following dates:
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux / Italy: Friday, May 23
UK / France / Greece / Denmark / Norway / Rest Of Europe: Monday, May 26
Spain / Portugal: Tuesday, May 27
Sweden / Finland/Hungary: Wednesday, May 28
Also, the album's track listing can now be revealed:
01. Worship Your Demons
02. The Headsmen
03. Silence The Tyrants
04. Bemoan The Martyr
06. The Plagued
07. Resurgence Of An Empire
08. Anoint The Dead
09. Contemplate Regicide
10. Bound Dead
11. (Exit) The Few
LINKIN PARK co-lead vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda will appear in the performance video for BUSTA RHYMES’ “We Made It.” The video was directed by Chris Robinson, and was shot in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 15th.
Says Rhymes of the song: “It ain’t just about the ‘hood, it ain’t just about the suburbs, it’s about everybody. This is one of those songs that can’t be described better than touching the souls of the common people.”
“We Made It,” produced by Cool and Dre, with additional production by Mike Shinoda, and its video will be released in May, prior to the debut of Rhymes’ eighth studio album, Blessed, on June 17th.
Rhymes will also join LINKIN PARK for several dates on their Projekt Revolution tour this Summer.
GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna has lined up the following upcoming solo dates, with more expected to be released shortly:
May 1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Casino
May 3 - Wilmington, DE @ Grand Opera House
May 16 - Atlantic City, NJ @ The Music Box at Borgata Casino
May 17 - Albany, NY @ The Egg
Due to the recent amendments of the entertainment visa requirements set by the Australian Immigration Department, MAYHEM will not be able to get their visas approved in time for their scheduled Australian and New Zealand tour dates. As a result, tour promoter Just Say Rock in conjunction with MAYHEM, have decided to postpone the tour to later this year.
All parties are now working on new dates for the MAYHEM tour. The new dates will be released ASAP.
Anyone who wants a refund for their current ticket can receive one by returning it to the point of sale to get the face value refunded. However, tickets will still be good for the rescheduled show.
Toronto-based death metal band DETERRENCE have posted the following update:
"At this time we are excited to announce the re-launch of Deterrence.
Very recently there have been some major changes with the band, including a brand new line-up, and an amazing new management team.
Deterrence is an entirely new band. We haven't lost our edge; the music is still straight up heavy as fuck, and we will still be playing songs from both the debut and from the EP. But as we are beginning a new chapter, we wanted to set the record straight: this is most definitely a new Deterrence.
With regards to new music, we expect to be back in the studio at the end of summer to record a new full-length CD.
We are anticipating the release of the new CD to follow in late 2008. The new CD will be more musically mature; heavier, more technical, better than anything you've ever heard from us. Pretty much everything you've come to expect from us, but more.
We will be heading back on the road this summer for an East Coast tour. We will be releasing dates soon; look for us to be in your area in late summer. We have a few bands in the works; look for updates as they are available."
Canada's CBC Radio 3 has launched the first Full Metal Podcast, hosted by Lisa Christiansen. The podcast features new music from Arapacis, Bison, Cursed, Cryptopsy, Derelict, Divinity, Forty Birds, Gross Misconduct, Penetrator, Protest the Hero, Rammer and Sequoia.
"We play a lot of great music here at Radio 3, and for one radio station we do play an unbelievable number of different genres, from hip hop to folk; electronica to pop and hard rock. But there is one genre that is sadly under-represented - metal.
"But not anymore. Today marks the first Full Metal Podcast for CBC Radio 3. And I couldn't be more um, filled with unholy joy.
"For the past few months a crack team of producers and one eager host, have listened to literally hours of metal tunes from our collection here at New Music Canada. We then sought out the opinions of a few serious metal heads and created this podcast.
"You'll hear music from Protest the Hero, Cursed, Bison, and Cryptopsy. I check in with a touring Cam Pipes of 3 Inches of Blood and ponder the why behind Montreal's metal capital of North America status with legendary drummer Flo Mounier of Cryptopsy.
"It's a cross-country journey through some of the hardest and loudest music being made in Canada today, and it's all in one easy to enjoy package. So kick back and get ready and watch where you bang that head. Neck injuries are not covered by Radio 3."
To listen to the podcast, visit CBC Radio 3.
Influential New Wave Of British Heavy Metal rockers Diamond Head have posted the following message:
"Unfortunately, the show in Manchester on Friday, April 18th has been cancelled. Apologies for the short notice on this for anybody intending on going."
The remainder of the Diamond Head tour is as follows
19 - Sawyers - Kettering, UK
24 - Royal Function Rooms - Rochester, UK
25- The Twist - Colchester, UK
26 - The Intake Club - Mansfield, UK
1 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
2 - Sin City - Swansea, UK
3 - Queens Hall - Nuneaton, UK
4 - The Junction - York, UK
The following message has been posted via Venom's official Myspace:
"Venom will be appearing at HELLFEST in Clisson, France on June 20th, 2008! The band are set to headline the first night of the three-day festival and promise to kick the festival off with a bang.
Currently in production rehearsals with their new stage show, the band guarantee a truly spectacular event for their French Legions."
Swedish melodic death metallers, Dark Tranquillity, announce the following Latin American tour dates:
Jun 13 Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador
Jun 14 Monterrey, Mexico @ Café Iguana
Jun 15 Guadalajara, Mexico @ Teatro Estudio Cavaret
Jun 18 Bogota, Colombia @ Downtown 727
Jun 19 Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Novedades
Jun 20 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Teatro Flores
Trivium have announced that they will join metal legends Iron Maiden as "Special Guest" for one show on Saturday, June 14 at New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center on the Somewhere Back in Time Tour.
Following the worldwide success of "The Crusade" album (which charted at No 7 in the UK and No 25 in Billboard), Trivium have been tucked away in the studio in Tennessee since January with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Death Angel) working on the follow up recording for Roadrunner Records.
Comments Trivium frontman, Matt Heafy, "Trivium is honored to again be asked to play a show with Iron Maiden. We supported them for a full European tour in 2006 and it was one of the best touring experiences we've ever had as a band. Maiden are absolute legends and we hoped one day we would have another chance to share a stage with them. When they called us for this special show we couldn't say yes fast enough. We'll just be getting out of the studio and won't even be touring yet but we're going to enjoy the show and then have the opportunity to watch Maiden do what they do best - kick ass on stage."
CENTURY’s new video for the track “Black Ocean” is currently debuting on MTV’s Headbangers Blog, and will see a big screen debut on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball on Saturday. Check local listings for time and channel. The track comes from CENTURY’s latest effort, the forthcoming "Black Ocean," which will hit the streets April 29 through Prosthetic Records. An e-card for the album, featuring three tracks, tour dates, and biography information, is available online, and will feature an interactive puzzle, revealing behind the scenes footage, a short film based on the “Black Ocean” concept, a bonus track and more, upon the release of "Black Ocean."
Recorded and produced by CENTURY frontman Carson Slovak, the debut video from "Black Ocean" was co-written along with the band by J. Sifl, the enigmatic mastermind behind SifBlog. A commentary on the making of and concept behind the video is available at Headbangers Blog as well. Mastered by Kim Rosen of West Westside Studios, "Black Ocean" is two years in the making, following "Faith And Failure," which saw a 2006 release through Tribunal Records. The track “Black Ocean” is available on CENTURY’s MySpace page, with two additional tracks available on the e-card.
Here are the latest CENTURY tour dates: More...
Dutch metal sensation HAIL OF BULLETS, featuring former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin van Drunen and GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, have updated their MySpace page to stream their new track 'Red Wolves Of Stalin'. Check it out at this location.
The band recently finished recordings for their debut album, entitled …Of Frost And War. The album was recorded in February/March of 2008 at Excess Studios in Rotterdam, Holland and mixed and mastered in Sweden by Dan Swanö of EDGE OF SANITY fame.
…Of Frost And War will be available as a limited first edition Digipak CD including bonus track and special pop-up packaging. After this first edition is sold out there will only be a regular jewelcase edition without the bonus track available. The album will be released on vinyl as well.
Tracklisting …Of Frost And War: 'Before The Storm (Barbarossa) / Intro', 'Ordered Eastward', 'The Lake Ladoga Massacre', 'General Winter', 'Advancing Once More', 'Red Wolves Of Stalin', 'Nachthexen', 'The Crucial Offensive (19-11-1942, 7.30 AM)', 'Stalingrad', 'Insanity Commands' (bonus track), 'Inferno At The Carpathian Mountains', 'Berlin'.
…Of Frost And War will be released on May 16th (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy) / May 19th (rest of Europe).
Earache Records have announced that a brand new song from DEICIDE has been made available for streaming and download.
Following on from the first song, 'In The Eyes Of God', the crushing new track 'Till Death Do Us Part' is another brutal offering from the upcoming album of the same name. With its relentless riffing and delightfully devilish melodies, this is the soundtrack to death itself!
To listen to the songs or to download them for whenever the devil inside you pleases, head to the official Deicide myspace page.
Till Death Do Us Part is released on April 28th in Europe and May 13th in the US. The album will be released as a special edition CD with a free "Glen For President" woven patch (while stocks last), or as a standard CD, limited edition 12" picture disc LP and limited edition 12" colour vinyl LP.
Disturbed have posted a video-teaser for their new album, 'Indestructible' online. The video has a couple clips from songs on the album, including what sounds like the self-titled track "Indestructible" as well as their current single "Inside The Fire".
To watch the video via YouTube, click here.
Fans of renowned guitarist MARC RIZZO (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, ex-ILL NINO) are offered the rare opportunity to win a personal guitar workshop with Rizzo.
All they have to do is send in a mp3 showing them picking some acoustic tunes.
The winner will meet Marc on June 23rd in Hamburg, Germany.
Details of the raffle can be found at Metal Hammer Germany.
The following bands have been confirmed for this year’s Rockfest, which is set to take place on June 7th at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri:
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
ANOTHER BLACK DAY
Poland's Metal Mind Productions will re-release the debut album from the legendary Swedish extreme metal band HYPOCRISY — "Penetralia" (1992) — on May 12 in Europe (July 8 in the USA via MVD). The limited-edition digipack title (limited to 2,000 copies) will be made available on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology.
"Penetralia" (remastered + bonus tracks) track listing:
01. Impotent God
02. Suffering Souls
04. Jesus Fall
05. God Is A…
06. Left To Rot
07. Burn By The Cross
08. To Escape Is To Die
09. Take The Throne
11. Life of Filth
12. Lead By Satanism
HYPOCRISY's latest album, "Virus", came out in September 2005 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The first of many Underoath studio video journals is now up on the Xbox Live Marketplace. If you have a Xbox Live account, you can download the video journal for free following these steps:
1. Turn on your Xbox 360 and go to the "Dashboard"
2. Cycle to the left and go to the "Xbox Live Markerplace" tab
3. Go down to the "Video Store"
4. Go down to the "Music Videos"
5. Look for the video titled "Video Journal 1: Sweet Drum Stuff" by Underoath.
You can get more information here.For more info click here.
Camden's Underworld venue has hosted some great performances from many of the old school thrash and death metal legends. Death Angel would be no exception.
The first band to hit the stage was Austria's Demolition. The band demonstrated some really good sounds in the vein of older death metal acts and were quite possibly the heaviest band of the night. Whilst they were good at what they did, they received only a limited reaction from the audience, which was a shame because they were pouring their heart and soul into the set. Demolition was a good live band that restores your faith that there is "real" death metal still going. More...
Soul Embraced have posted a new song online called "The Devil's Reflection." It comes off of their upcoming album, "Dead Alive," which is available in stores and online April 29th. You can hear the new song on the band's MySpace page. You can pre-Order "Dead Alive" at Smartpunk and get a signed booklet with your purchase.
North have announced the track listing for their upcoming full-length, "What You Were." The tracks are as follows:
2. Ghosts Among Us
3. I Am Become Death
4. Falling In Perpetuum
7. What You Were
9. Veiled In Light
The record was recorded by Sam Pura at the Panda Studios and features guest vocals from Rob Smith of Heavy Heavy Low Low. "What You Were" will be in stores and online July 15th via Cavity Records. Demos and upcoming tour dates can be found on North's MySpace page and Cavity Records' MySpace.
Chicago's DISTURBED have announced that they will release their new album, Indestructible, on June 3rd via Warner/Reprise.
The album will feature the following tracklisting: 'Indestructible', 'Inside The Fire', 'Deceiver', 'The Night', 'Perfect Insanity', 'Haunted', 'Enough', 'The Curse', 'Torn', 'Criminal', 'Divide', 'Facade'.
You can check out the album cover for "Indestructible" at this location.
For the first time ever in Montreal, a 2 day metal festival dubbed Heavy Mtl will be held on June 21-22. The lineup is as follows:
Saturday, June 21, 2008:
3 Inches of Blood
Type O Negative
Dethklok / Metalocolypse
Sunday, June 22, 2008:
Three Days Grace
Tickets for this event go on sale this Saturday, April 18th at noon.
The night was cold and wet. Perfect weather for Meshuggah to feel right at home. Oddly enough we also were blessed with a healthy clap of thunder and a strike of lightning, giving me the impression that the night was going to be interesting. Upon arriving at the venue, the early birds endured the cold and wet weather for about an hour and a half before being separated into two lines: one for the men and the other women. The search was easy and despite my skull belt was let in with no troubles. More...
Dutch death metal band SEVERE TORTURE have announced that they will play a special set at the Neurotic Deathfest on May 30th. The set will consist purely of songs from the brutal "Feasting On Blood" and "Misanthropic Carnage" albums, including songs that the band haven't played live for many years.
The Neurotic Deathfest takes place on May 30-31 2008 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, the Netherlands.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Neurotic Deathfest, visit neuroticdeathfest.com.
Philadelphia’s JAVELINA will be embarking on a tour in May in support of their self-titled Translation Loss debut, which is getting rave reviews from the likes of Decibel Magazine, Revolver, Metal Maniacs and countless more.
JAVELINA (pronounced ha-va-lE-na) started crafting their massive sound in October of 2005. Formed by ex-members of Philadelphia bands Lickgoldensky, SMUT and Otophobia/Endless Nightmare they spent over a year honing their sound before playing their first show. JAVELINA’s sound embodies the massive sludgy nature of Buzzoven and Eyehategod with the raw punk intensity of His Hero Is Gone and the straightforward nature of High On Fire all wrapped up into one.
04/18/2008 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA w/Disfear, Parasytic, Dissystema
04/19/2008 Khyber Pass - Philadelphia, PA w/The Claw, Hatchetface
05/07/2008 The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA w/The Plastered Bastards
05/08/2008 Now That’s Class - Cleveland, OH w/Rue, If He Dies He Dies
05/10/2008 Ronny's Bar - Chicago, IL w/Raise The Red Lantern
05/11/2008 The Haunted Kitchen - Lawrence, KS w/Samothrace
05/12/2008 The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
05/13/2008 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR w/Power Bastard
05/14/2008 The Cavern - Dallas, TX w/The Dead See, Vorvadoss
05/15/2008 Red 7 - Austin, TX w/The Dead See, Lions of Tsavo
05/17/2008 The Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA w/Withered
05/18/2008 Hell - Chapel Hill, NC w/Tooth, Horsefang
05/19/2008 NARA Sushi - Richmond, VA w/Tooth, Lord By Fire, Inter Arma
Bane will tour the East Coast next month with Meltdown, I Rise, and Wake Up Call. The latest tour dates are as follows:
5/1 Haverhill, MA @ Welfare Records
5/2 Amherst, MA @ Mercy House
5/3 Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship
5/4 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
5/5 Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
5/6 Virginia Beach, VA @ Liberty IV
5/7 Providence, RI @ Club Hell
5/8 Waterbury, CT @ Bobby Allens
5/10 Syracuse, NY @ Klub Polski
Italian metal act Stormlord have posted a brand new called "Mare Nostrum", from the forthcoming album of the same name, online at their official myspace.
The band has said that they will post three more songs from the new album online shortly.
The following message has been posted by veteran Metallers Tygers Of Pan Tang via their official myspace:
"The TYGERS OF PAN TANG would like to thank everybody that came to the shows in Florence, Milan, Verona and Bolgna. You were fantastic audiences and it was a real pleasure to chat and sign albums for you. There was so many memorable nights and stories that we will remember and tell for a very long time. The hospitality was tremendous throughout and we would also like to thank everybody associated with the organisation from the Agency, Black Dehlia, all the venues and owners and lastly all the support bands. You all really captured the spirit from the NWOBHM days. Keep rocking Italy and we will see you again very soon."
The following is a report from Greg Plato of Billboard.com
Over two years in the making, Judas Priest will finally unveil its 16th studio album, "Nostradamus", June 17 via Epic in North America and a day earlier internationally.
A double-disc set that tells the story of the 16th century prophet, Michel de Nostredame (whose name is often 'Latinized' as Nostradamus), the release is PRIEST's first-ever concept album, and was recorded throughout 2006 and 2007 at Old Smithy Studio in the U.K.
"Making 'Nostradamus' was a new experience for us in JUDAS PRIEST, insomuch as this was going to be a conceptual writing and recording event," PRIEST singer Rob Halford tells Billboard.com. "His life is well-documented, so for us it was all about taking the significant episodes he went through, and then with the right emotion, create music and lyrics that would convey them."
On the album, Halford, guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis spread their stylistic wings, experimenting with symphonic orchestration and choirs.
Three configurations of "Nostradamus", which was produced by Downing and Tipton, will be issued. The most common will be a regular jewel-cased double CD, but there will also be a "CD deluxe hardbound version," which features a 48-page booklet, while a "super deluxe version" will include three vinyl records (in addition to the CD deluxe packaging, plus a poster).
While there have been some European dates announced in support of "Nostradamus" (the chief one being a performance as part of this year's Download Festival in England, which also features KISS and MOTÖRHEAD, among others), there will soon be an announcement about PRIEST's plans for a U.S. tour.
In the meantime, Halford dropped a hint as to what's in store for the group's later headline dates. "As we recorded and listened to the music, and much like a lot of PRIEST songs, you cannot help but see images in your mind. We constantly thought about special effects and visual elements that will connect musically that we want to use onstage when we will perform all of 'Nostradamus' live," he says. "Again, like every song we compose, the transition from studio to concert is one we think about and make sure we can deliver the goods."
Here is the track listing for "Nostradamus":
Dawn Of Creation - "Prophecy"
Awakening - "Revelations"
The Four Horsemen - "War"
Sands Of Time - "Pestilence And Plague"
Peace - "Conquest"
Solitude - "Exiled"
Shadows In The Flame - "Visions"
Hope - "New Beginnings"
Calm Before The Storm - "Nostradamus"
"Future Of Mankind"
ARCH ENEMY vocalist Angela Gossow has posted this message on her MySpace page:
The last couple of days have been crazy. We started out in stormy Helsinki, Finland, then made our long way to St. Petersburg, where Lenin greets the arriving visitor. We were quite excited to see how our first visit to this huge country would turn out like. Internet and other comforts fall a little short (comfort = sleep), but the passion and pure craziness of the fans here make well worth up for it! A lengthy report will follow, including lots of revealing pictures of Sharlee D'Angelo (bass), who is feeling well at home in the land of the ever-flowing Vodka.
I need to run... we are doing Russian TV before the show in Moscow! I am expecting nothing less than a pure Metal storm tonight!! Will check back in when we made it safely to Amsterdam! Tonight's ride on the night train from St. Petersburg to Moscow was... interesting. None of us slept too much - but I guess you gotta do it at least once!"
The following press release has been issued:
"The Formation Of Damnation", the crushing new release from Thrash Metal heroes TESTAMENT, has been nominated for Best Album at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. The awards ceremony will take place at the O2 Arena in London on Monday, June 16, where TESTAMENT will be performing LIVE, along with DISTURBED, IN FLAMES, and CHILDREN OF BODOM.
Die-hard fans from the UK will have the opportunity to win tickets to see the band perform live at Golden Gods 2008. The contest is available to UK residents only. Entrants must send their e-mail address, full name, date of birth, address, post code, and contact number to testament-goldengods[at]nuclearblast.de. Entrants must be 16+ (with ID) and able to arrange travel to the gig. Doors open at 7PM and close at 11PM. All entries must be received by May 21, 2008.
"The Formation Of Damnation" hits the streets in the US on April 29.
INTO ETERNITY's Tim Roth has issued the following update from the band's current North American tour with SYMPHONY X and EPICA:
We are almost halfway done our USA tour with Symphony X and Epica. This has been another very successful tour again for us! Every crowd is absolutely insane and a lot of the crowds have been chanting for an encore from us....ha. The band has been going on very early at most venues, so usually we are onstage at 6.30pm or 7:00pm.
Today we are in amazing Seattle. The crowds here always rule and it is an amazing city by the water. Today I got Romeo to teach me a few tricks. That guy is the next level type of shred player and he is a super nice guy. The new Symphony X is an amazing record. Everybody on this tour has been really cool, from the all the crew to all of the musicians.
After this tour ends we get to do a one off show with CHILDREN OF BODOM. It will be a special show with just the two bands. I have always wanted to play with them and hopefully I'll be able to learn a few new guitar tricks as well! We are also excited about our Japan dates that we have coming up. It's going to be a killer year of supporting The Incurable Tragedy. Keep it metal!
Also I would like to give props to Madison Amps for hooking me up with a killer new rig and Ibanez guitars for hooking up Justin with his new axe!"
JUDAS PRIEST have announced the first string of dates on their upcoming North American tour via their official website. They are as follows:
22 - WAMU Theatre - Seattle, WA
23 - Save On Foods Memorial Centre - Victoria, BC
24 - General Motors Place - Vancouver, BC
26 - McMahon Stadium - Calgary, AB (Ozzfest 2008 / Monsters Of Rock) **
27 - Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton, AB
29 - Credit Union Centre - Saskatoon, SK
30 - MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB
** featuring OZZY OSBOURNE, JUDAS PRIEST, SERJ TANKIAN, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL and VOIVOD