Sonata Arctica keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg has posted the following European tour update:
"Tomorrow (22.11.2008) is the last show of the European tour, I think we've all been surprised about the great turnout, after all this was the second headlining tour with this album ("Unia"). Somehow these last days have gone by pretty fast and before we know it we're gonna be in Russia and then that's it... for now. I won't go into any extensive comments about the upcoming album, mainly because nobody knows how it will sound at this point, and the few songs I've heard by Tony Kakko (vocals) can't paint the whole picture. It's gonna be really interesting to work with Elias Viljanen (new guitarist) in the studio and I'm sure we'll come up with something great.
"Due to a number of circumstances beyond our control, we have decided to reschedule our Latin America tour until March 2009. We apologize to our fans for the inconvenience, but all tickets purchased for the November shows will be honored at the March dates. We will see you all then."
The new Hammerfall album, which will be out on February 20th 2009, is called "No Sacrifice, No Victory". The cover, which can be viewed here, was made by Sam Didier and Thomas Ewerhard did all the layout of the record.
01. Any Means Necessary
02. Life Is No
03. Punish And Enslave
05. Between Two Worlds
06. Hallowed Be My Name
07. Something For The Ages
08. No Sacrifice, No Victory
09. Bring The Hammer Down
10. One Of A Kind
11. My Sharona
Official press photos haven been taken by Michael Johansson and Caroline Rosmark. The video for the first single Any Means Necessary will be shot in Belgrad next week. The band will be doing a headlining tour early 2009, supported by Sabaton and Bullet. You can check all tour dates at the band's info.
A few weeks ago, Mael Mórdha drummer Shane Cahill issued the following statement concerning the current state of things:
"Writing of new material is ongoing and so far we are very happy, and excited about the direction we are going in. With this CD we are not willing to be rushed or to bow to anyone's needs except for our very own. We want this outing to be the very best we can make it and then some more. When we think we are finished, we will go back to the start listen to the songs and do it all over again if necessary.
So far we have 6 songs which are roughly 80% finished. We will be airing some of them at any upcoming shows to get a feel for them live. As per usual the album will follow on from the last with plenty of twist and turns as it will progress. We hope to have 10 songs on the album and artwork will once again be undertaken by Vasilis Zikos.
John Hehman, guitarist of US Thrash metallers Year Of Desolation, have posted the following update on the band's MySpace:
"Year Of Desolation... has been around since 2001... we've had some rough spots (constant drummer issues), and some amazing spots (touring with Dying Fetus, Cephalic Carnage, Incantation etc.), this appears to be... the latter... To be honest, i don't even know where to begin, so i'll tell you what i know:
The music for almost 14 new songs have been written towards another record... whether or not it happens.... is up in the air. After we "fullfilled" OUR end of the contract with Prosthetic Records, we've been searching for a new home, and during this time, things have changed, people have gotten "real" jobs, people haven't spoken in months, and some people have just... "vanished" into thin air. All 5 of us haven't been in the same room since March of this year. Practices have been brought up numerous times, but everyones schedule is conflicting. This blog is not about airing any dirty laundry of any sort. This is a blog that we felt you, the fans, deserved.
Elis have posted the following statement about the new upcoming album:
"We decided that the new Elis record will be named "Catharsis". We were discussing a lot about what fits best to the stories the songs on our new album tell, and we hat a lot of different options, some of them really quite funny, but when we finally came to the name "Catharsis" it was clear that this says it with one word.
Vocalist Sandra Schleret comments: "Some time ago, shortly before I joined Elis, I had to go through a very hard time, physical wise the hardest experience in my life. I was fighting against a severe disease, and while my body was struggling I felt my soul started to go it's own way. I came to new insights, and started to develop a very intense strength, like I never would have imagined I would be able to, but which was really essential for me at that time. I was taken out of the "real life" for about half a year, and felt like an onlooker, not participating in the real world. With the stories I tell on "Catharsis" I am kind of digesting this period in my life, sharing my feelings, fears and also the things I saw as an "outcast" watching the world. The word. "Catharsis" has some different meanings, but for me it represents "the healing of the soul by going through tragedy". As I see it now, to see how magic life can be I also had to experience it's dark side..."
"Now that the band has finished pre-production in Berlin for its new album, Operation "Album 6" is going forward full steam ahead. Christoph Schneider arrived in Los Angeles last week to meet with Jacob Hellner and production team (i.e., currently Ulf Kruckenberg and Florian Ammon) to undertake preparations for recording of all the drum tracks. Also to arrive in L.A. this week for the drum sessions, Paul and Richard. Finally, a studio has been rented near San Francisco for the bulk of the main recording work, and the band will go into retreat there for several weeks starting on November 9th, 2008. Clear the decks, the Rammstein tanker is once again under steam!"
Blistering Records is pleased to announce that Swedish melodic heavy metal masters Lion's Share are putting the final touches on "Dark Hours", the followup to 2007's "Emotional Coma", for release in March 2009.
The band states, "The new songs are simply awesome and everybody that have heard it, think it's our best album to date. The red thread lyric wise on this album is that all songs are about things that happened in the late sixties; a decade known for many good things. However, we're not describing the happy times of the 60's: We give you the "Dark Hours". Musically it's more straight forward and faster than ever. The songs are filled with energy and great hooks."
Swedish Melodic Death metal band Zonaria are pulling out off the Winterfest headlined by Deicide and also featuring Samael, Vader, Devian, The Amenta and Order Of Ennead. The band explaines as follows:
"Zonaria regretfully must drop off the Winterfest 2009 tour featuring Deicide, Vader, Samael, and others due to unforseen circumstances. This is the first time in the band's career that Zonaria has ever dropped off a tour, and we vow this will never happen again. Once again, we apologize to our awesome fans expecting to see us on that tour- we will return!
In the meantime, catch us on tour with Satyricon right now!"
The remaining Satyricon/Zonaria dates can be found here.
"Hatesphere has signed to Napalm Records. The Danish band has been releasing their deadly mix of Death and Thrash Metal for almost ten years. Band leader Pepe Hansen promises the upcoming will stay true to the HateSphere's attitude: "No compromise and no experiments!" Metal fans should fasten their seatbelt and prepare for an all crushing package. A new album is tentatively scheduled for spring 2009."
Guitarist Peter "Pepe" Lyse Hansen comments: "It is with great pleasure that HateSphere announce our cooperation with Napalm Records. The last year has been really hectic for us. Not in a bad sense, but we have been working hard on both new material, playing shows and changing the line-up. The great changes the band has been going through have meant that we needed a record label that would support us 100%. Napalm is not only very professional, they also have a great varied roster, and they have shown to be willing to support HateSphere in the way that we want. Our new album has been just completed, and no need to say that we really can't wait to get started with our work with Napalm. Early next year the album will be out, and Napalm Records and HateSphere are on their way. See you out there - stronger than ever!"
Hardcore Superstar have posted the following short update:
"On the intermediate days between Christmas and New Years Day we will start recording our new album. We will use In Flames' studio to produce the new album. Until then we are gonna rehearse our asses off!"
Ol Drake, lead guitarist of UK thrashers Evile fractured his jaw last night (Wednesday November 19) after the band's show in Rotterdam, Netherlands supporting Satyricon.
Evile frontman Matt Drake comments: "Ol collapsed last night and fractured his jaw and split his chin on the ground. Luckily his beard absorbed some of the blow. He's been in hospital and had X-rays and been stitched up, but he's unable to play - he can't really move - he's a mess. Ol doesn't drink, it seems to be some medical problem that's being investigated. They did an ECG and we're awaiting results. Unfortunately we're having to pull out of the tour to get home to the UK where Ol can recuperate and have some follow-up tests.
As posted by the band on their website in October already (but only brought to the attention just now):
"We would like to inform everybody that actually the Rhapsody Of Fire band activity relatively to album releases and touring has been suspended, independently from our will, for an unspecified period of time. We are sorry for that. Further news will be made available as soon as we will be in the conditions to release them. Thank you for understanding."
The last news from the band came in June when the announced Rhapsody Of Fire was in a "hard legal fight with MCM and his main representative Mr. Joey De Maio"... No further info was given by the band!
Magic Circle Music was founded by Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio in 2005 in order to give the band (Manowar) complete creative control of their operation. Furthermore it is stated on their website that "they (Manowar) saw many other bands fall to the perils of greed and commercialization in the music industry." and so through Magic Circle Music DeMaio felt he could help other developing artists avoid these "traps".
Reactivated German thrash metallers Assassin have posted a new song called "Kill Or Be Killed" on their MySpace page. Also "Breaking The Silence", another new strong is streaming at the same location.
According to the band, the track "Breaking The Silence", "shows the direction of the new material for the fourth album, planned to be released end of 2009. Back to the roots — old-school thrash with a modern touch!"
According to Blabbermouth sources, the band is current seeking a label to release its fourth album, tentatively due before the end of 2009.
"On Halloween, Florida Death Metal veterans Six Feet Under weren't wearing black ski masks and smashing windows of all the old folks in their neighbourhood. They were onstage tearing through old favourites and treating fans to some songs from their new album "Death Rituals". During the show, they shot a new video for the song "Seed Of Filth".
"This is one of our favorite songs from the album, one we are just really stoked on," says frontman Chris Barnes. "Once again, we worked with director Mario D. Framingheddu, who has directed our videos for "Ghosts of the Undead" and "Doomsday". We're really proud of this video and how it came out."