Finnish metallers Pain Confessor have issued the following update:
"The year 2008 was all rest for everyone in the Pain Confessor camp. We've been recharging our batteries but of course found some time to record a couple of demo songs that were released in June on our homesite and our MySpace page.
After the demo, we fell back into slumber. The urge to move forward grew within us and we found ourselves in the situation where the only way to move on was to let Vesa 'Wesleyer' Säkkinen go. We longed for the same fire that burned within us in the summer of 2002 when Pain Confessor was originally conceived.
All further speculation is futile. What's important is that we are very much alive and feel that we made the correct decision in order to evolve and boost the creativity and inspiration within the band.
A new Legion Of The Damned track, entitled "Pray And Suffer" (along with the intro, "Sermon Of Sacrilege"), is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's new album, "Cult Of The Dead", due on December 19 via Massacre Records.
"Cult Of The Dead" tracklisting:
01. Sermon Of Sacrilege (Intro)
02. Pray And Suffer
03. Black Templar
04. House Of Possession
05. Black Wings Of Yog Sothoth
06. Cult Of The Dead
07. Necrosophic Rapture
08. Enslaver Of Souls
09. Solar Overlord
10. Lucifer Saviour
11. Final Godsend
"Cult Of The Dead", the new video from Legion Of The Damned, can be viewed at this location.
"We have spent most of our energy on writing material for the new album lately, which is scheduled for release mid-2009 through Candlelight Records. The album has been entitled "Worlds I Create", and as of today we have 7 songs done! We will enter the studio late January if everything goes as planned!
We have also done several one-off shows the last 6 months, including the Interregnum festival in Germany, and the Jalometalli festival (With Overkill, Satyricon, Mayhem +++) in Oulu, Finland. In October we did our first headliner-tour abroad, a mini-tour in Finland with Enochian Crescent (FIN) and Coprolith (FIN). We had a blast in Finland, and we hope to return soon as possible to create even more havoc!! After coming home from the mini-tour we went into Strand-Studio to record a brand new song called "I'll Come Back As Fire", which will be featured in the film "Someone's Knocking At The Door" an American horror-movie now in the post-production process. We are also proud to announce that we have signed up with Pihkamedia for festivals and tours in Finland and regarding the rest of the world we have teamed up with Listenup music."
Samael will embark on the "Solar Soul Balkans Tour 2009" in January/February (after the Winterfest 2009 European Tour with Deicide and Vader). The trek will consist of 14 shows and will include support from Norway's Keep Of Kalessin and Slovenia's Noctiferia.
The dates are as follows:
Jan. 24 - Lodz, Poland - Dekompresja
Jan. 25 - Kraków, Poland - Loch Ness
Jan. 26 - Budapest, Hungary - Diesel
Jan. 27 - Cluj Napoca, Romania - Irish & Music
Jan. 28 - Bucarest, Romania - Preoteasa Hall
Jan. 29 - Burgas, Bulgaria - Sport Hall Izgrev
Jan. 30 - Istanbul, Turkey -
Jan. 31 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Blue Box
Feb. 01 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Mylos
Feb. 02 - Athens, Greece - Texas Necropolis
Silentium has set their forthcoming album on prelisten. "Amortean" will be released on December 3rd in Finland. All the 9 songs are available for listening at the band's MySpace site.
The band's new album was recorded at a studio in central Finland with the multi-talented mainman of Waltari, Kärtsy Hatakka. The band previously said the following about the new material: "some major surprises reserved for loyal fans, who have been more than patient in the wait for the new album. All the Silentians agree that the new material is the most impressive up to date! Prepare yourselves for a massive music experience. This fall, Silentium will be back, more powerful than ever!"
A four-minute sample mp3 of the song "Towards The Infinite" is available for free download at this location. The track comes off Colosseum's sophomore album, "Chapter 2: Numquam". The album will be released in 14th of January 2009 through Firedoom Music.
Obscura (Steffen Kummerer: guitar / vocals, Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist): guitar, Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence): bass, Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist: drums) have posted a brand new track, "Anticosmic Overload", taken from their forthcoming Relapse debut Cosmogenesis online now via the band's MySpace: http://myspace.com/realmofobscura.
Cosmogenesis will see its international release at the end of February 2009.
Additional information and album artwork can be found here.
Obscura have also recently been confirmed as co-headliners of Euroblast Festival 2009 along with Dew-Scented. This festival will take place January 24th, 2009 in Cologne, Germany. For more information, please visit http://www.myspace.com/euroblastfestival.
Negura Bunget's first four releases will soon be re-issued in Digipaks with improved artwork.
"From Transylvanian Forest" is the only demo recording from Wiccan Rede, the legendary precursors to Negura Bunget. This re-release with two bonus tracks lays bare the roots of Negura Bunget in an unique way.
On their debut album "Zîrnindu-Sã", the Romanians celebrate a furious and primal black metal with sophisticated drumming and racing guitars. For many fans, this record still marks the band's pinnacle. The re-release comes with a bonus CD featuring a previously unreleased alternative recording of the entire album.
The potential hinted at on these releases was fully tapped on the EP "Sala Molksa". "Sala Molksa" offers highly original symphonic black metal with a penchant for complex arrangements. This re-release comes with a bonus CD as well, containing an unreleased alternative recording of the EP.
Brazilian metallers Hibria have issued the following update:
"The album has 9 songs and brings Hibria connected to their roots but in a more contemporary approach, resulting in a blasting raging album made to energize, from the beginning to the end, whoever listens to it.
Japan will be the first country to launch it through Spiritual Beast/Universal Music on December 10th.
Once again, the album was produced by guitar and bass players Diego Kasper and Marco Panichi.
They´ve brought the powerful vocals of Iuri Sanson to new stages and highlighted the complex rhythm riffs and arrangements developed by guitar players Abel Camargo and Diego Kasper up to the face of the listeners. Drums and bass guitar were in charge of delivering a consistently heavy and loud rhythm section to support the strong melodies developed by the lead musicians.
"Darkest Legacy", the new video from Swedish metallers Cloudscape, can be viewed at this location. The clip was filmed, directed and edited by Rainer Holmgren (Pain Of Salvation, Arsis).
"Darkest Legacy" comes off the Cloudscape's third album, entitled "Global Drama", which was released this past summer in Europe through Goldencore/Roastinghouse Records and in North America through Nightmare Records.
Opeth have announced new South American/Mexican tour dates. The band commented as follows: "We receive a lot of mail from you guys in South America and now we can announce that Opeth will come to South America in 2009! During March and April Opeth we will appear in Mexico City, Bogota, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo."
Mar. 28 - Monterrey, Mexico - Café Iguana
Mar. 29 - México City, Mexico - Circo Volador
Apr. 01 - Bogota, Colombia - Teatro Metro
Apr. 03 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - The End
Apr. 04 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caupolicán
Apr. 05 - São Paulo, Brazil - Santana Hall
Anglo-Chilean thrash masters Criminal have set "White Hell" as the title of their upcoming sixth studio album, which will be released on February 27th, 2009 by Massacre Records. The album is currently being recorded at bassist Dan Biggin's home studio.
"'White Hell' could be many things," vocalist/guitarist Anton Reisenegger comments on the title, "a hell of cocaine abuse, or a hell of racism and intolerance, or driving through Europe in the middle of winter in a van with no heating - which we actually did on the Six Feet Under tour! The someone waking up in an emergency room, not knowing how or why they got there - which is actually based on a real-life experience - and this is what we are going to try and depict on the album cover in a very nightmarish way. Our long-time cover designer Claudio Bergamin has already gone to work on the cover, and I expect it to be killer as always!"
Another new song of the forever-in-the-works Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" has been put online. "Better" is now streaming online at Q104.3 FM radio station. You can check it out at this location. Also the title song of the too-long-awaited album, which should be hitting the shelves in the coming week, is available for streaming there.
In other news, Dutch retailer Van Leest has posted 30-second samples of every track from "Chinese Democracy" over at this location.
German melodic black metallers Sycronomica have posted their first official video clip online, for the song called "To The Rivers End". The video was shot on Ragnarok festival 2007. The song of this video comes from the band's last album, entilted "Gate", which was released in 2006.
The band commented: "We are glad to finally present our video clip that was shot on the Ragnarök festival in 2007 from the song "To The Rivers End"! At the moment we are occupied with the first recordings for our third album, so watch out for the first samples that we will put online in the next weeks."