As announced by Primordial in early December, the band will undertake a small ten date European mini-tour (including the 5 Metalfests) at the end of May/beginning of June. Support on the trek will come from While Heaven Wept and Alcest.
The following dates were confirmed today:
May 27 - Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air Germany
May 28 - Mining am Inn, Austria - Metalfest Open Air Austria
May 29 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Metalfest Open Air Switzerland
May 30 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
May 31 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
Jun. 01 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
Jun. 02 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
Jun. 03 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Stuk
Jun. 04 - Budapest, Hungary - Metalfest Open Air Hungary
Angtoria vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva (ex-Cradle Of Filth) has posted a three track sample medley from her forthcoming solo album, The Corruption Of Mercy. The tracks featured are called "No Paragons Of Virtue", "Sirens" and "The Corruption Of Mercy". Go check it out at this location.
More The Corruption Of Mercy album details, including a release date, will be announced soon.
The reunited Animosity line-up Corrosion Of Conformity has confirmed a string of European tour dates in April. The classic original three-piece of Woodroe, Mike, and Reed will be touring and performing songs from the Animosity/Technocracy-ear, and some NEW stuff!
Pantheist are thrilled to announce that after several months of negotiations, the band has signed a contract with German label Grau Records to release their upcoming album as well as two additional optional albums.
The official press release reads as follows: "We have been following Grau for years and have always been impressed by the quality of their material, so we feel honoured to be part of their family now. We thank Tom for his trust and we are already in the process of mixing our fourth album with Greg Chandler at Priory Studios. We are fully confident that this upcoming album, that is bound to remain untitled to signify the new start in our history, contains the most powerful, emotive and heartfelt material we have produced so far and we are impatient to finish mixing and mastering in January for a projected spring 2011 release. You can find photographs of us recording in the studio, as well as some short clips, on our Facebook and MySpace pages.
Negură Bunget have issued the following band update, including a detailed year recap and their plans for the future:
"2010 was the most intense year in the history of the band. Two albums released, Măiestrit on Prophecy Production and Vîrstele Pămîntului on Code666 Records, followed by a long European tour as headliners (Spirit of the Land Tour), another tour in autumn (Black Trolls Over Europe), some festivals in between (including Hellfest), some line-up changes (guitarists Corb and Spin were replaced by Urzit and Fulmineos), a MCD to symbolically end our 10 years cooperation with Code666 Records and a lot of work, all make this year special and unforgettable.
Destruction will be returning to North America in support of their new studio album, Day Of Reckoning, due out in the US and Canada on March 8th, 2011 and on February 18th in Europe. Special guests on the tour are Australia's Deströyer 666.
Destruction bassist & vocalist Schmier shares the following on the upcoming trek: "It feels fantastic to return to North American shores for the first time after our return to Nuclear Blast with a new album as brutal as Day Of Reckoning on our backs. This is the strongest material we have written since The Antichrist and we are burning to present these shredding songs and introduce our new 6.6 foot tall drum animal Vaaver (UnSun, Indukti) live! Of course, all the Destruction classics will be there; we know what our faithful fans want and we will serve them well! You will feel the force of the strongest line-up we have ever had. Experience the true power and the rigorous precision of German Thrash Metal live this spring! Can't fuckin' wait!"
Brazilian heavy metal band Hibria have uploaded a new song on MySpace. The track is called "Nonconforming Minds", and comes from the band's upcoming third official album Blind Ride, which will be released by the Japanese label King Records in January 26th, 2011.
The album was mixed and mastered in New York at Machine Shop.
Blind Ride cover art] tracklist:
01. Blind Ride (intro)
02. Nonconforming Minds
03. Welcome To The Horror Show
04. Shoot Me Down
05. Blinded By Faith
06. The Shelter's On Fire
07. Beyond Regrets Of The Past
08. I Feel No Bliss
09. Sight Of Blindness
10. Tough Is The Way
11. Rotten Souls
Threat Signal has officially added guitarist Chris Feener and drummer Alex Rudinger to their ranks. They will replace guitarist Adam Weber and drummer Norman Killeen, who parted ways with the band last year.
Frontman Jon Howard commented as follows: I'd like to announce two new members of the Threat Signal camp. We destroyed Europe with these guys, and we couldn't be more excited with the sound of the band right now and what the future holds together.
Replacing Norm Killeen on drums is Alex Rudinger from Frederick, MD, USA. I caught wind of Alex's drumming through YouTube. He has a large number of drumming videos including covers, and originals. My jaw dropped when I first saw this kid play!
US Power/Thrash metal supergroup Charred Walls Of The Damned (featuring vocalist Tim "The Ripper" Owens, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and guitarist Jason Suecof) are busy recording a new album. The band's founding father, drummer Richard Christy, has issued the following update:
"Last week I recorded drum tracks for 12 new songs for the second Charred Walls of the Damned album! I flew down to Miami, Florida the day after Christmas to start tracking drums at the legendary studio The Hit Factory Criteria Studios. The drum room we recorded in was insane, it was the size of a school gymnasium and my drums sounded massive in there! We got a very natural drum sound thanks to our awesome engineer Mark Lewis and the amazing drum room, everything went really smooth and we finished up in a very quick two and a half days, and I'm super excited for everyone to hear the monster drum sound we got for these awesome songs.
While you are reading these lines the editors are putting the finishing touches on the forthcoming Avantasia double DVD (concert film and documentary) The Flying Opera - Around The World In 20 Days.
Both DVD's portray the all-star ensemble's journey on their first ever world tour in 2008. Within just a few weeks the studio project Avantasia became a traveling live event featuring many artists from various bands who got together and set off on the road under the flag of Avantasia for the first time.
The first DVD contains a live concert with a running time of almost two hours featuring footage filmed at the headlining shows of Wacken Open Air (Germany) and Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic). On the second DVD there will be a movie "Around The World In 20 Days" that gives fans the opportunity to join Avantasia backstage and take a look at the surroundings and the thrill behind the scenes that go along with an extensive undertaking such as this. The DVD-set will portray Avantasia 2008 when it all started.
US deathcore act Whitechapel has parted ways with drummer Kevin Lane. According to internet sources, Lane has returned home to Kingsport, TN and is planning to go back to school in the near future. The band has reportedly recruited Ben Harclerode, drummer for Knights Of The Abyss, to replace him.
Canadian death metal band Neuraxis has posted a new track, entitled "Asylum", online. "Asylum" is available for streaming over at this location. The track comes off the band's upcoming sixth album Asylon which will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011.
US progressive metallers Grayceon have completed work on their third studio album, named ll We Destroy. The CD is slated for a March 1st release through Profound Lore Records.
An MP3 of the track "Shellmounds" can be found here.
Stated the band: "We are so proud of this album and feel it is our strongest, heaviest, most epic album to date."
"We would also like to announce our CD release show which will take place on February 11th at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, CA, with friends and label mates Worm Ouroboros and a new band we love called Hollow Mirrors. If you pay entry into this show, you get a copy of All We Destroy for FREE! You heard it right, you get our new album two weeks before the release date for absolutely free with entry into the show. So, if you are local, please come out and show your support."
"Summoning Majestic War", the first single off the new The Project Hate MCMXCIX album Bleeding The New Apocalypse is available for free download at this location (.mp3).
Bleeding The New Apocalypse will be released on February 14th, 2011 via Season Of Mist. More album details are available here.
Frontman Lord K. Philipson comments: "Why have we chosen this particular track to be your first glimpse of the new album? No reason really, we could have chosen any of them since they all absolutely dominate. We just thought it'd be nice to have Leif Edling somewhat introduce you to what we have created this time around. Yeah, Candlemass bassist/everyday legend Leif Edling contributes some spoken words in this track. You can all start applauding now. But not only that. In this tune you'll also get some insanely nice vocals from Christian Älvestam (ex-Scar Symmetry) (who also sang a line or two on our last album).