New Orleans, LA's sons of American no-frills black metal, Goatwhore, have just announced that the title of their fourth full-length album, and second for Metal Blade, will be "Carving Out The Eyes Of God". For the follow up to 2006's "A Haunting Curse", Goatwhore headed back to St. Petersburg, FL to record with producer Erik Rutan at Manna Studios with mastering being handled by Alan Douches of West West Side.
Vocalist Ben Falgoust comments on the direction of the new album; "I don't really know how to explain this. I don't want to come off with the typical speech about how this record is our best yet and all of that. I will say that I am quite pleased how it has turned out and all parts relating to it. I feel every member put a great deal of effort into their part of the project. I even feel Erik Rutan busted his ass even more this time to make us feel that we didn't take any steps backwards in the recording and production of this release… I don't even really care what the critics say. I think the end result is basically coming up with something you have put a lot of work into and the satisfaction achieved in completing it. I will say that the new material is ripping metal and we still have that 'Goatwhore' sound, whatever that may mean for each individual that enjoys or hates what we do. Just look at it as another step in the evolution of this band. Each person that hears it will have his or her own perception of it. Like it or not, we don't have a say in it. The only thing we can do is just keep writing the way we do and accept the criticism. Doesn't mean we are gonna listen to the criticism and change. Just give it an honest listen and if you dig it, awesome! If you don't, then pass it on to a friend or use it as a new drink coaster."
Finnish Pelimanni-Metallers Korpiklaani have issued the following update: "In 2008 we have been quite busy. We have had two successful tours: the Paganfest Tour and the Finnish Fire Tour. We recorded and released our fifth album "Korven Kuningas". In the whole we played over 80 gigs, that means about one gig in every four days. We had a lot of fun, met many old friends and made new ones. So, this has been a pretty good year for us. 2009 promises to become even better; a long cherished dream of us becomes fulfilled: we will tour the USA and Canada in Paganfest 2! We are invited for Wacken Open Air on their 20th anniversary festival, and many more gigs are in the works. In February we will enter the studio again, to record a brand new album. These last days of 2008, we will make a small tour with In Extremo in Germany, and end the year in Nosturi, Helsinki, on a new year's celebration concert with our friends from Moonsorrow and Kiuas. We wish you all a happy new year and hope to see you around somewhere."
Alice Cooper has issued the following statement regarding the Australian tour dates:
"All those from the land down under, prepare for more thrills and chills from the King of Theater Rock, and pay homage to the Master Himself... the Alice Cooper "Theater Of Death" tour is coming to Australia and we're giving you first crack at some of the best seats to the shows!!
The confirmed dates are as follows:
08.18.09 - WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
08.19.09 - Convention & Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, NSW
08.21.09 - Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW
08.22.09 - Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
08.24.09 - Entertaiment Centre, Sydney, NSW
08.26.09 - Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
"Deep Unknown", the new video from Stratovarius has been released.
"Deep Unknown" will appear on the forthcoming Stratovarius album, "Polaris". "Polaris" will be available in Europe on May 21 via the band's new label partner Edel under the new imprint earMUSIC outside of Asia and the band's longtime record company in Asia, JVC
US metallers Nile have issued the following update:
"World Management would like to announce that Nile will be entering the studio for their forthcoming second Album on Nuclear Blast on June 8th at Mana Recording in Tampa Florida.
The band will be working again with Neil Kernon as producer and have added Erik Rutan to the team as engineer at his studio. The band will record at several locations throughout June and July. A mid October 2009 release is being planed world wide on Nuclear Blast.
Nile will then tour Europe in November of 2009 and January / February 2010 in North America, followed by tours in Australia, South America, Japan, Pacific Rim, Mexico, Central America and India. Stay tuned for tour news and further updates to be added."
Swedish metallers Astral Doors have issued the following update:
"It's about time that we give you all a real update of what's happening in the Astral Kingdom at the moment.
We've received many mails from worried fans asking us where we are and why it's so quiet from us right now. Well, the answer is: we're working harder than ever before, but not public.
We have actually moved into the studio, writing and recording songs for the upcoming album. We have written 20 songs ot something at the moment and more will come. The creativity has never been at this level before, so we will continue the work a few more months before we go to mixing.
What more to say? Well, our new management Flying Dolphin, with Mr.Chris Boltendahl in the lead, does a great job for us and we feel that the future looks very, very promising. In August we'll come up with a big surprise for you and then a new album and a great tour all across Europe.
''Storm'', the new video from Swedish metallers Sanctification, has been made available online.
The band commented: "In this video, as on the album, Masse "Emperor Magus Caligula" Bromberg from the legendary Dark Funeral appears and the film team that is behind it is called Standard Film Team from Umeå, Sweden. The video was filmed during one day in April in Östersund, Sweden."
''Storm'' comes off the band's latest album, entitled "Black Reign'', which is scheduled for release in May via Pulverised Records.
Amon Amarth have announced new tour dates for the United Kingdom and Ireland. Support acts will be announced shortly. The tour dates are as follows:
Oct. 22 - Cardiff, UK - Souls
Oct. 23 - Belfast, UK - Spring & Airbrake
Oct. 24 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
Oct. 26 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Oct. 27 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
Oct. 28 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 29 - Newcastle, UK - Northumbria University
Oct. 30 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
Oct. 31 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 01 - London, UK - Koko
Ensiferum can now reveal their European tour in support of the new upcoming album. More shows will be added shortly, accompanied with tour name and detailed information. Support acts: Metsatöll (EST) & Tracedawn (FIN)
The still untitled album is in the process of being recorded as we speak. Release date for the coming album is 9th of September 2009 in most countries.
"Yes folk's, thing are actually happening in this end! The releasedate for our new album "Smakar Söndag" has officially been set to 13th of May. The album contains 11 songs of fresh bream. On the 20th of May we will have a releaseparty including one hell of a live-gig on Pub Anchor, Sveavägen 90, Stockholm, Sweden. Our first gig in Stockholm for about a year and a half so expect new songs, old songs, singalongs andwhatnot and testosteroneswinging, footstomping music. Did I mention that the day after is a holiday so you can drink strong lemonade and stay up very late if needed? Well, now you know."
Here's the tracklist of "Smakar Söndag" cover art]:
"Playlist", hosted by Richard Gizbert on the English version of the Arabic-language news network Al Jazeera, has dedicated a full episode to "the story of metal in the Middle East." According to Blabbermouth, "Playlist" "explores the massive appeal of heavy rock and metal across the Middle East, bringing you some of the biggest bands and the loudest sounds coming out of the region today. The two parts raport features bands like Orphaned Land (Israel), Bilocate (Jordan), Oath To Vanquish (Lebanon), Nervecell (UAE) and more.
Czech heavy metal band Motorband are about to release their new album called 'Heart of the Machine' on 15 June. It will be the band's first album in English.
The album is available on the band's myspace page, http://www.myspace.com/motorbandd
'Heart of the Machine' cover art and tracklisting:
01. Heart of the Machine
02. The Best of You
03. Turn the Hourglass
04. Cannibal in My Head
05. I'm Rocking Hero
06. Don't Make Me Cry
08. Higher Than Eagles Fly
09. Turn Me On
10. Tell Me Why
11. If You Want It
12. I'm Going to Fly
13. Hi Di Ho
14. Amore Vittoria
''Hereafter'', the new video from Italian metallers DGM, has been made available online. The clip was directed by Salvatore "Xavy" Perrone, who has previously worked with Empyrios, Parkway Drive, Bury Your Dead, Bring Me The Horizon and Suicide Silence.
''Hereafter'' comes off the band's latest album, entitled "Frame'', which was released on February 23, 2009 via Scarlet Records.
Due to ligament / tendon damage to drummer James Heatleys left hand, The Answer regret to announce the postponement their imminent UK headline club shows. The affected shows are as follows:
Apr 20th - Belfast Mandela Hall
Apr 22nd - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Apr 24th - Glasgow Grand Central
Rescheduled Dates Are (All Tickets Will Be Valid For The New Dates):
June29th - Belfast Mandela Hall
July 2nd - Glasgow Grand Central
July 3rd - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Says singer Cormac Neeson, "We are bitterly disappointed to have to postpone our UK headline shows especially for all our fans who have been waiting so patiently for so long. We have left the decision to the absolute last minute in the hope that the medical problem with our drummer James might get better. Unfortunately his hand is swollen and he is in immense pain. He has struggled with pain-killers to get through the recent 30 minute support sets on the AC/DC tour and whilst he can perform a short support set, it is a medical impossibility for him to perform a full one hour and fifteen minute headline set at present.