Avantgarde Music has presented the single "Pillars" by the Italian atmospheric black metal project Earth And Pillars - taken from the upcoming second studio album Pillars I set for release on October 30th. As of now, you can stream the song at Bandcamp. Take the eighteen-minutes journey now.
Following the departure of guitarist Troy Seele, metallers Iced Earth have just revealed his replacement. Jake Dreyer of White Wizzard and Kobra And The Lotus fame is stepping up to the plate after an audition process. He will also record material for the band's forthcoming new record, which is progressing at a good rate.
Guitarist Troy Seele has announced his departure from Iced Earth due to family responsibilities. Troy Seele's last gig with the band will be Knotfest in Mexico City, October 16th, 2016. For those guitarists who think they've got what it takes to be in the studio and on stage with Iced Earth, send your audition video and contact info to the following link. The band is working on a new album at the moment but Seele will focus on his family.
As they prepare to unleash the special collection of rarities Death Resonance, Soilwork will also embark on a new North American tour. The Swedes will headline the Fury Tour, featuring support from a heavyweight line-up - Unearth, Wovenwar, Battlecross and Darkness Divided. The Fury Tour will kick-off on October 14th in Providence, RI and hit 27 cities, coming to a close in Toronto, ON on November 16th.
When Ava Inferibroke up in 2013, the members promised that new projects would appear and fill the void, so to speak. Well, today there is something new that might excite Ava Inferi fans. Rune Eriksen and Carmen Simões are joining forces in a new band called Earth Electric and they just signed to Season of Mist. The Norwegian/Portuguese collaborators will release their debut full-length on the label.
Sludge metal quartet from Berlin Earthship is ready to unleash their fourth studio album, to be entitled Hollowed. The new album will see the light next month, on June 24th through Napalm Records. The band also presents a brand new track, "Safeguard Of Death ", now exclusively available for streaming through the YouTube player. Check out the new track and other album details down below.
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.