Headbangers Ball is a name that bears heavy metal nostalgia and it will come to life again! By the end of this year, MTV's classic 80's show shall return as a series of events. MTV Headbangers Ball, hosted by Continental Concerts in cooperation with MTV, is going to tour Europe. Headlining this festival tour will be U.S. metal gods Iced Earth, currently working on a new album. Who will be joining them? Ensiferum, Kataklysm and Unearth. It should be a headbangers feast!
This could be interesting for Arch Enemy fans. The original line-up of the band will reunite and perform Arch Enemy's first three albums material live on stage as Black Earth. An extensive tour of Japan in May was announced today! Last year, Arch Enemy performed at Loudpark in Japan and during that show the group was joined on stage by the rest of the original founding members, singer Johan Liiva and guitarist Christopher Amott. The original lineup made the band's classic first three albums: Black Earth, Stigmata and Burning Bridges; the exception being bassist Sharlee D'Angelo who only joined in 1999 but has been in the band ever since.
Berlin sludge outfit Earthship have a new label home: Napalm Records! A new label usually means new releases and that is the case indeed. The successor of Withered is being forged and you can be prepared for their new album which will be released in the summer of 2016. They promise to reveal more about it soon.
If you like vinyl and Iced Earth, you might want to check this out. Century Media will release on vinyl the first four studio albums of Iced Earth in July. Iced Earth and Night Of The Stormrider will be released on July 10th, while Burnt Offerings and The Dark Saga will be released on July 17th. All four albums will come in gatefold sleeves featuring the original LP artwork. Layouts have been kept close to the layouts of the original vinyl versions as well.
Iced Earth is set to begin the writing process of their 12th studio album in the spring 2015. After a short hiatus, (due to founder, chief songwriter, and guitarist Jon Schaffer's second cervical fusion surgery), the heavy metallers are planning their schedule for the remainder of the year. Iced Earth fans can expect the next album, tentatively entitled The Judas Goat, and the subsequent touring cycle to begin in early 2016, according to their latest update. Long time drummer Brent Smedley will be returning to the band for the recording and touring of the next album cycle.
New York experimental doom/sludgers Unearthly Trance have announced via their Facebook page recently that they're back together. Two local shows have been booked on July 17th at The Acheron in Brooklyn and July 21st with Primitive Man at Sinclairs in Long Island. Some more shows are in the works for the North East dates in August as well as a soon to be announced festival in California. The band also announced that they've also begun work on what will be their sixth full length album.
Sludge metal band Earthship is currently touring in Europe in support of their latest album Withered. Unfortunately, they will have to continue the tour as a three-piece because their guitarist Marcel Schulz injured himself in the knee in a show in Hungary. The band is still playing a few shows in Germany, France and The Netherlands.
The Finns Barren Earth have shared the second track off their impending new opus On Lonely Towers. After showcasing the long title track, now they have launched a lyric video for their brand new song "A Shapeless Derelict". You can enjoy the 7-minute track from the progressive death metallers right here now and share your impressions.
After joining Century Media Records, the Finns Barren Earth have now shared the first track from their new record. The progressive death metal outfit, now reinforced by Faroese native lead singer Jón Aldará, launched the title track of their upcoming third full-length. The album will be entitled On Lonely Towers and will be released on March 30th, 2015 in Europe and March 24th in North America. Enjoy the 11-minute song below and share your impressions of the music.
Good news for Barren Earth fans today. The progressive death metallers have a new label home: Century Media Records. More importantly, Barren Earth recently finished the recordings for their third studio album which is scheduled to be released in early 2015. More details on that will be released shortly. Do you have high hopes for the successor of The Devil's Resolve? According to the group, this will be by far their best album.
Here is another great festival coming to California. After the California Deathfest 2015 was announced, now it's time for Psycho California Festival 2015 which will happen at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California, from May 15th-17th, 2015. Why should you go? Well, for starters, Kylesa, Om, Russian Circles, Earth, Eyehategod, Pallbearer, Subrosa, to name just a few, are performing. And that is just the beginning folks!
After the release of their latest effort, Primitive And Deadly, American psychedelic/drone trio Earth is excited to announce a headlining European and UK tour for next January/February. Joining them for support on this tour will be Black Spirituals and Don McGreevy & Rogier Smal Duo. The complete list of confirmed tour dates can be found down under.
Unearth also premiered new music today. While the metalcore outfit hasn't released a new album since 2011 Darkness In The Light, they are now gearing up to release Watchers Of Rule. The new offering will be out on October 28th via eOne Music. In anticipation, the group has debuted online a new track, "The Swarm." Check it out below and let us know what you think about it.
Drone doom providers Earth are pleased to announce a full US tour in support of their upcoming new effort, Primitive And Deadly, to be released on September 2nd via Southern Lord Recordings. Opening act on all dates will be King Dude and tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am local time. Additionally, Earth had already confirmed a set of European summer tour dates, which can be found below the US tour list.