Finnish symphonic folk metallers Kivimetsän Druidi will be releasing their debut album entitled "Shadowheart" cover] in October 2008. The band describes the album as having "an unmistakable sound that is heavy, drivingly fast, but due to its epic atmosphere, and melancholic, highly catchy overtones marks a stunning amalgamation of Celtic folklore and vast extreme metal influences." The lyrics of the album are in both Finnish and English.
Finally we can announce that "Thy Kingdom Gone" will be released on October 20th!
For now we're proud to present the front cover artwork which was done by Seth Siro Anton, as well as the final tracklist of the album:
02. Pain Has Taken Over
03. Rain Of A Thousand Years
05. Thy Kingdom Gone
06. Words Before You Leave
07. Miss Fortune
08. Colossal Shaped Despair
10. For My Enemies
11. Souls Of The Neon Reign
12. The War We Left Behind
Artwork can be viewed here as well as on their official website and myspace page.
Canadian metallers Into Eternity have posted the a new track entitled "Time Immemorial" on their MySpace page. The track comes off the band's upcoming album "The Incurable Tragedy" cover].
In other news, the band recently shot a new video for the track "Time Immemorial" acclaimed director Craig Bernard (Theory Of A Deadman).
Comments bassist Troy Bleich:
"We ended up making it to Montreal just in time for our video shoot for 'Time Immemorial.' The location was awesome, as it was apparently a haunted house. Didn't see any ghosts, though. That would've been cool, as it might have filled in the 13 hours of time spent waiting for Stu's acting career to take flight! In all seriousness, it was a very cool experience and I think the video is going to be awesome. Thanks to the director Craig and the rest of the crew for making it a time that was truly...immemorial."
Swedish death metaller This Ending have announced that their upcoming album entitled "Dead Harvest" will be delayed. The band had recorded, mixed and mastered the album during the summer however, they are not entirely satisfied with the final mix and believe it doesn't do the album justice. The band chose to go back to re-mix and re-master the album and are hoping for a February 2009 release.
Italian metallers Ephel Duath have updated their myspace page with news regarding their upcoming album. The band has just completed recording their album entitled "Through My Dog's Eyes," which took place in Rome at Outer Sound Studio with producer Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Klimt 1918).
Giuseppe Orlando states:
"Ephel Duath's new work is fkin awesome.... it's the best example for intense, precise and focused songwriting. A very power and forceful statement of the band. I'm very happy and proud to being part of this album!".
The album will be mastered by Mika Jussila (HIM, Nightwish) at Finnvox Studios, Finland.
Swedish metallers Dark Tranquillity have posted the following update on their website:
D.T. has parted ways with longtime bass player Michael Nicklasson. All booked shows will go on as scheduled with a session bassist. We thank Michael for his time in the band and wish him the best of luck in future endeavours. Here is a statement from him.
"After almost 10 years and tons of tours and festivals, I chose to leave D.T. for personal reasons. It's been so cool all this time to meet all the people and the tons of fans around the world, and all the friends that I got during this amazing journey - crew, fans and all the people I (we) worked with. I can't name everyone, as the list would take up all the space on the web site, but I'm going to miss all of you that worked and supported us (me) during these years, but this is the right thing to do, I really need a break."
On their official website, vocalist Hansi Kürsch has posted a couple of updates for news-hungry fans. The band recently played at the Kobesatonik festival in Bilbao, Spain, and enjoyed it thoroughly, describing the show as "a real blast... a pity we could not play longer." After the show, the band watched an impressive Kiss show and apparently picked up some pyrotechnic tips for their next tours. They enjoyed the Spanish experience so much, in fact, that they have announced two more shows there in September, with a possible third coming in October. The confirmed dates for the September shows are:
Metallica have just released the first single off their upcoming album, Death Magnetic. The epic track is entitled "The Day That Never Comes" and it's now available through iTunes. The band recently filmed a video for the track with Danish film director Thomas Vinterberg which will premiere soon.
Check out the track which is now streaming on www.Metallica.com at this location:
or on MySpace:
"The Day That Never Comes" is also available through iTunes now:
Death Magnetic the new album from Metallica will be available worldwide Friday, September, 12, 2008.
Cardamon announces temporary addition of bassist Luuk van Gerven (After Forever)
Utrecht-based rock/metalband Cardamon is happy to announce the temporary addition of bassplayer Luuk van Gerven to the band. Luuk is well known as the bassplayer of Dutch melodic metal maestros After Forever.
'We are very excited to be able to play with Luuk. Besides the well-working personal chemistry, his skills and talent enable Cardamon to focus on the band's main priorities at this moment; writing new material and playing gigs instead of having to worry about finding the right bandmember. It's not clear for how long Luuk will play with Cardamon, but it is definitely the best solution for now.'
French metallers Gojira have posted online a new song, entitled "Vacuity", on their MySpace page.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, which is called ''The Way Of All Flesh''. The album was tracked in Los Angeles with producer Logan Mader (Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly) and at the band's home studio in Bayonne in the south west of France.
''The Way Of All Flesh'' will be released on October 13th via Listenable Records.
Norwegian metallers Gorgoroth have posted the following update:
"Gorgoroth will enter the studio in their home town of Bergen, Norway on August 25, 2008. Eight new tracks composed by King will be recorded for an as yet untitled new album. Along with Gaahl, King and Frost on drums, the full recording line up will include Teloch and Ice Dale . Enslaved's Herbrand Larsen will once again produce Gorgoroth in the studio."
Canadian metallers Beneath The Massacre have posted a new song, entitled ''Our Common Grave'', on their MySpace page.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, which is called ''Dystopia''. The album was recorded again with St-Amand (Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance, Neuraxis) and featuring artwork from Felix Rancourt.
''Dystopia'' will be released on October 28th via Prosthetic Records.
German metallers Anti have issued the short following update:
''The process of the creation has begun... there are no limits... no borders... no dates... For sure... the next album will be a concept album... straight out of the mental-hospital... it isn't a circle... it's a cannonball and you have to find the core... The blessed one...''
Norwegian metallers Satyricon have issued the following update:
"We have completed the new album "The Age Of Nero" in its entirety and we are very very proud of it! The release date is 3 November and will be followed by a full European headlining tour opening in Stavanger, Norway 12 November and ending in Hamburg, Germany 20 December. Check out all the dates here.
A few more shows will be added soon. Opening act on the tour is Evile and the direct support act will be added soon.
Expect updates with tons of information on the new album and the tour, competitions, interviews and music in the next few weeks!"