Swedish folk metallers Yggdrasil have issued the following update:
"Yggdrasil has been keeping quiet for some time now... but we are finally ready to share some news with you all!
The writing of the new and third Yggdrasil album is complete and the recording will commence in September. Expect nothing but the best! The new album is scheduled for an early 2011 release through Grand Master Music. The release date coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the band and we have something special planned to mark the occasion."
Rhapsody Of Fire are going to release an epic monument called: The Cold Embrace Of Fear - A Dark Romantic Symphony.
Guitarist Luca Turilli comments: "For this special CD we composed a unique song of around 35 minutes divided in 7 "acts". Looking at the title you can easily imagine that such long and epic song will show the most cinematic and orchestral side of our band, all our passion for the world of cinema we love so much and that always represented our main influence while composing the Rhapsody's music.
Essentially it is a long huge song, sounding very symphonic, full of orchestral sections very soundtrack oriented, narrations and spoken parts. More than in other cases we tried to create a real movie atmosphere with very dynamic musical results, also thanks to the help of the English actors that gave voice to different charachters. You will just need to close your eyes and explore those new emotional dimensions we wrote the music for."
Montreal based tech-death metal band, Beneath The Massacre, have launched the track, "Black Tide," from the upcoming Marée Noire. This five song EP will be released in North America on September 14th. It will be available as a limited edition red 7" record and on CD. You can check out the track and pre-order details at this location.
Marée Noire EP cover art tracklist:
01. The Casket You Sleep In
02. Black Tide
03. Drill Baby Drill
04. Designed To Strangle
The band will also do a Canadian tour beginning in late August and wrapping up in early October, sponsored by JagerMusic Canada. They will be playing with Neuraxis, Ion Dissonance and others along the trek. The dates are as follows:
Swedish black metallers Marduk have posted the following on their myspace blog:
"Because of misinformation from one of the airlines involved in Marduk's travel to Central America the band got uphold and couldn't get on the connection flight. It was totally the fault of the airline. Marduk had just completed one of the planned three flights to Costa Rica when the problem occurred. There was no time to book new flights to make it in time to do the 3 shows. The band and booking agency are currently checking options to rebook the shows as soon as possible. Marduk feels very unfortunate for the situation as the band is eager and burning with devotion to march across Central America. More news to be posted as soon as possible".
Decibel Magazine and Stereogum/Haunting The Chapel have teamed up to present the Weltenbrand Tour 2010, featuring the North American debut of Triptykon. 1349 and Yakuza will round out the bill on what is sure to be this fall's heaviest tour.
Vocalist/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior describes his emotions of anticipation on this new undertaking as follows: "Ever since my earliest days in Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, I have been extremely fortunate to be able to count on the support, fanaticism, and immense loyalty of the North American metal scene. The recognition my work has received there eclipses anything I have ever encountered in my own native country. Of the 125 concerts performed on the final Celtic Frost tour in 2006 and 2007, for example, a full 71 were played in North America. Some of these performances rank among the most memorable ones in my entire career.
It is with much regret that Ill Niño must cancel the first week of shows for their upcoming European tour.
The band explains: "Our singer Cristian Machado was hospitalized last week, and after many tests, found out he has six herniated discs, and a pressured nerve against his spine. Cris is going through major treatment and rehabilitation, to be able to get back to normal. We all wish Cristian a speedy recovery, as he can't wait to get back and play for you all, as we all do!
After Cristian undergoes the necessary therapy for his back, we will now start our European Festival dates on Friday, August 6th, at the Wacken Open Air Festival, and finish on August 22nd. We apologize for any incovenience, but it was unexpected and beyond our control."
You probably still remember that Dimmu Borgir will support Korn on a handful of European dates in September, as reported previously. But now the Norwegian symphonic black metal band has announced additional dates to the first European leg of their co-headlining Darkness Reborn World Tour in support of their new studio album, Abrahadabra.
Dimmu Borgir's Abrahadabra will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.
UPDATE (thanks to 98923)
Dimmu Borgir proudly announce fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg as the opening acts on their headlining Darkness Reborn World Tour in support of their new studio album, Abrahadabra.
Brazilian heavy metallers Scelerata have announced the addition of vocalist Fabio Juan to the group's ranks. Juan is known from his work with Helloween Cover Brasil, Midas Fate and Codinome S.K.
Fabio will travel with Scelerata in the Brazilian SkeleTour 2010, that will happen in August and September with Paul DiAnno, former lead singer of Iron Maiden. Scelerata will be the backing band for Paul and do the opening for all 20 concerts, passing through the five Brazilian regions. Following the tour, the band will enter the studio to record their 3rd album, to be released worlwide in the first half of 2011.
Below is the "summer update" from the Vreid camp. The band discusses the release of a new DVD, a European tour later this year and a new upcoming album. Read all about it:
"New booking agency: We are pleased to announce that German agency ICS Festival service GmbH, has become our booking agency for Europe (minus Norway) and Asia. ICS is a well established agency, and we are happy to be a part of their rooster. We have already started working on tours & festivals for 2011 with ICS.
DVD coming soon: Our first DVD is soon to be released. It will hit the streets in September (exact date will follow soon). The DVD is entitled Vreid Goddamnit and will contain the complete Vreid concert at Inferno Festival, Rockefeller, Oslo, April 10th 2009. The concert was filmed with 7 cameras and mixed by Hváll at Studio 1184. There is also lots of extra material at the DVD, more info on this will follow soon with the release date.
Tunisian progressive metallers Myrath are in the pre-production stages of yet another new as-yet-untitled album. The band's latest output Desert Call was released just at the beginning of this year. The band wrote:
"We are pleased to announce that our producer Kevin Codfert is in Tunis since Tuesday July 27th 2010 to work on the pre-production of Myrath's new album. The actual recording of this new album is anticipated to next November and the release date to first quarter 2011. Please stay tuned for further updates."
Revolution Renaissance mastermind Timo Tolkki has issued the following statement regarding the ultimate fate of the band:
"Due to my private problems, the lack of interest in Revolution Renaissance shows by the promoters, and the current situation in the music industry that affects to everything including the production budgets, it has become impossible to continue the band.
We have tried to book shows in these last three years, but we haven't been able to do so. A rock band cannot exist without direct contact to its fans. Therefore, I have no other choice but to make the decision to stop the band and its activities due to the above mentioned reasons.
The third and final album of the band, Trinity, will be released at the end of September.
US Death metal band Ex Dementia recently added Matt Peterson as the new lead guitarist to their ranks. In a rather amusing statement the band comments:
"All of us in Ex Dementia are proud to announce and welcome a new asshole to EXD... Matt Peterson! Matt is a long-time friend, and an even better lover. Who is Matt? And what will be left of him? Well, he's our new lead guitarist. And what will be left of him? Fuck you, don't take it so literal. It's a movie reference, dick. So we would like you to give him a warm welcome the way every Ex Dementia fan has... By getting drunk at our shows and yelling "YOU SUCK!" from the back of the bar."
The band's latest effort, The Red Mass, was released last October. Get yourself familiar with Ex Dementia on MySpace.
Czech black metal band Maniac Butcher are back after a 10 year hiatus with their 7th full length album Masakr. Ruthless and savage black metal that spits at the cross!
Masakr contains six new tracks of orthodox black metal. Raw and heavy guitars pound out riff after riff of furious evil energized by aggressive drumming and completed with a violent wave of harsh distorted dirty vocals that tell the epic tale of Maniac Butcher. The overall sound on Masakr is monstrous. This album is by far the most professionally produced Maniac Butcher album to date yet still captures the raw and underground feeling of previous albums.
The album will be released through Negative Existence. All info and samples are available at this location.
Danish death metal band By The Patient (who'll play on Wacken Open Air next week), have uploaded three tracks from the upcoming debut album Servants.
The three tracks are "Blood of Martyrs Shall Cover the Earth", "Constituted in Bloodshed" and "Engulfed in Prosthetic Prophecies". You can listen to the tracks on the band's MySpace.
The album was produced and mixed by Steffen Sørensen and mastered by Jacob Bredahl (The Kandidate, ex-Hatesphere) who also produced the vocals. The cover artwork was made by Toshihiro Egawa who has also done artwork for acts like Annotations Of An Autopsy, Trigger The Bloodshed and Ingested.