Former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen has set "What Lies Beneath" as the working title of her new solo album, tentatively due before the end of the year. She says, "With "My Winter Storm", I chose the name of the album in the early stages and that helped me to create the concept for the album. With the new album, I decided to do it the same way, so I searched for an inspiring title and all the songs are one way or another related to it."
Regarding the songwriting process for the new CD, Turunen says, "In the last months I've been writing a lot of music for my new album. Songwriting is always an amazing learning experience, and it has been a pleasure to discuss music with different people.
Seminal Australian hard rock/metal band, Dreadnaught, have completed the recording of a new LP CD in follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2006 RoadRunner release, "Dirty Music". The self-titled album will be the band's 6th studio release in its 15 year history and features the band's heaviest production to date.
The addition of ex-Alarum drummer, Matthew Racovalis has helped shape a highly diverse sounding record, more akin to the technical-thrash styled Dreadnaught of the mid-nineties; yet retaining the dynamic subtleties that has made Dreadnaught unique amongst their peers.
With an album release date set for March/April 2009 the band are currently planning tours of Australia, Europe and Japan later in 2009 and 2010. For a preview of some material from the LP visit Dreadnaught online at http://www.myspace.com.au/dreadnaughtmusic or http://www.dreadnaught.com.au
The long waiting is finally coming to an end! Our first studio album in seven years - "Songs Of The Lost" will be released on Monday, 23.03.2009. through Sleaszy Rider records. You can check the artwork (done by Andreas Soderlund www.mtgrave.com) here.
The complete set list is: Apathy Overdose, The Feast, Stranded, The Song Of The Lost, Every You Every Me, Taints, Losing Fate, Where The Pain Is and Soul Of Ice. We truly believe this is the album worth waiting for and can't wait to hear your reactions and thoughts. We also plan to play live as much as possible in support of this album so you can expect us (hopefully) in your city in the near future. More promotional activities are currently being planned so keep checking out this site for the latest news.
Norwegian black metal band Pantheon I has issued the following update:
"Alot of things have been going on with the band lately. Drummer Dan Theobald has left Pantheon I to pursue different musical expressions, we wish him all the best and thank him for the brilliant job he has done for Pantheon I. His last gigs with the band was the Finland tour we did supporting Keep Of Kalessin (Big hails to Töni, Peik, Janika, Anna, Janni, Morten and the guys from Keep Of Kalessin for making this one of the funniest and most alcoholic trip ever!!)
Pantheon I have been rehearsing alot with the new skinsman Mads Guldbekkhei (The Allseeing I), preparing him for the fury of "Worlds I Create". The band entered "Strand Studio" last Monday (January 26) and will record 9 songs during the next month."
For the third time in five years, Enslaved have won the Spellemann Award (the Norwegian equivalent to the American Grammy) for Best Metal Album 2008 with their latest offering, "Vertebrae". The other nominated bands were Keep Of Kalessin ("Kolossus") and Benea Reach ("Alleviat").
Enslaved commented: "We're very honored to get our third Grammy! The party was good, we had a good time. We think the Grammy committee was very generous in giving all the artists two whole pitchers of ice water and selling 0.3 liters of flat beer for 7.5 Euros in the bar. Luckily, we robbed a bank on our way there and could afford getting absolutely smashed. We're having a rough Monday here. Thanks!"
Brazilian metallers Shadowside have just unveiled "Dare To Dream" cover artwork and tracklist, the band's forthcoming album. The cover was designed by Brazilian artist Jobert Mello who had previously worked with the band on the American edition of the successful debut album "Theatre Of Shadows" (2007) and is also known for works with Sabaton.
Dare to Dream was produced and mixed by Dave Schiffman (System Of A Down, Audioslave, Avenged Sevenfold) at LCM Studio in São Paulo, Brazil and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera and several others) at Masterdisk Studio in New York.
Carcass will return to the United States this March for the "Exhumed To Consume II" tour. The follow up to last years highly successful "Exhume To Consume" tour will feature Suicide Silence, Samael, Arsis and Psycroptic plus a few special guests on select dates.
Vocalist/bassist and all around optimistic person Jeff Walker commented: "Well, I'm pleased to announce that Carcass is gonna settle it's unresolved scores in the U.S.! There was some slight whimpers of discontent that we didn't hit some cities such as Chicago and Denver last time round - places that were always hot spots of enthusiasm for us. So we're coming back in March to finish off our unsettled business! We seemed to have had a profound influence on your economy and gas prices have gotten cheaper haha! That's doesn't mean we're not gonna come through and provide some value for your buck with some old (and new) school friends and comrades such as Suffocation, Samael, The Black Dahlia Murder, Exodus, Suicide Silence etc. - check out locally as for who is on the bill where! And hey, I couldn't think of anywhere better to be on my 40th birthday than the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico! We promise this will be the last time we darken your shores (I said that with my fingers crossed behind my back)!"
Dutch metal band Elexorien have issued the following post on their official MySpace page:
"For those who patiently waited: our recently recorded song "For Those Who Remain" is online now! You can check the Media-section on elexorien and on our Myspace to listen to our work and download it for free!! As we have stated before, this is a track from our upcoming album, and part of its grand concept. More info on that will be posted at a later time. For now, enjoy the song, and spread the word!"
A new track from French experimental black metal masters Blut Aus Nord entitled "The Formless Sphere (Beyond The Reason)" is available for streaming on the Candlelight Records MySpace page. The song comes off the band's new album, "Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars", which is scheduled for release on February 23.
Commented the band's singer/guitarist Vindsval: "This album is extremely important for us, we have already composed two amazing songs in the majestuous vein of 'Fathers Of The Icy Ages'. This time you won't find any industrial sounds or disharmonies on the album.
According to Candlelight, "twelve years later, you can hope an ambitious and massive piece of epic, technical and progressive black metal."
US trashers Mantic Ritual (formerly called Meltdown) have posted the new video "One By One" online over at the band's MySpace. The song comes off the group's debut album, "Executioner", which will be re-released in the US on March 10 via Nuclear Blast Records (February 27 in Europe).
As posted on the Opeth website: "after a stellar 2008 that found the band´s most recent release, "Watershed", atop many critical "best of" lists, the Swedish metal outfit will return to the US for a third tour run. The tour - their third in support of "Watershed", which earned the band the best reviews of its career - will kick off on May 1 and will be sponsored by Decibel Magazine. Enslaved have been confirmed as direct support."
01 May - Sayerville, Starland Ballroom - NJ
02 May - Boston, House of Blues - MA
03 May - Montreal, Medley - QUE
04 May - Toronto, Sound Academy - ON
05 May - Pittsburgh, Mr. Smalls - PA
06 May - Chicago, House of Blues - IL
Cannibal Corpse will be hitting the road for 4 weeks in support of their upcoming release "Evisceration Plague", which is set to decimate the metal world on Tuesday February 3rd. Support for the North American tour, presented by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, will come from The Faceless, Neuraxis, and Obscura and kicks off on April 2nd in Asheville, NC at the Orange Peel.
Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse comments; "We are very excited to be touring the US and Canada with Neuraxis, The Faceless, and Obscura. This is a killer lineup as each band is extreme and heavy but has their own unique style. We're playing a number of cities we rarely get to on this tour, so be sure to check the tour dates closely... you don't want to miss this one!"
"20 More Miles", the new video from Swedish metallers Soilwork, has been made available online. The clip was shot during the band's European tour, including at the Electric Weekend festival in Madrid, where Soilwork performed with Metallica. It contains footage provided by the band as well as material that was filmed by Olle Carlsson.
"20 More Miles" comes off the Soilwork's latest album, entitled "Sworn To A Great Divide", which was released on October 19, 2007 via Nuclear Blast.
Archaic North Entertainment is proud to release the second full-length album of Canadian black metal band Empyrean Plague, titled "Ancestral Embers Shall Burn". A scheduled release date is March 1st 2009. As a pinnacle in Empyrean Plague's career being the first album with Archaic North, the band is looking forward to getting their music out to a much broader audience.
"I have always been a fan," says label owner Mark Howitt, "so it is great to have Empyrean Plague as a part of our roster. We believe this album to be monumental and are looking forward to some upcoming tours to promote the album."
With this release Empyrean Plague stays true to the traditional sound heard on previous releases while adding more folk elements in the form of acoustic guitars and clean vocals. Stepping away from the raw production on older releases, Empyrean Plague enlisted the services of Sardonic Moon Studios in Sudbury to provide them with a more refined sound.