Eden's Curse will return with their latest and third studio release Trinity on the 18th March via AFM Records (Europe) and Metal Mayhem (USA) with Spiritual Beast releasing the album in Japan on 16th March. The band have been working daily on this release fine tuning every last detail over the last twelve months.
Comments the band: "We are delighted to announce that leading the infamous Curse Choir this time around is none other than Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie."
LaBrie lends his backing vocals to the entire album and also duets with Eden's Curse front man Michael Eden on the slamming epic "No Holy Man", which is also set to be released on the bands European label AFM Records as a digital single on 25th February.
Dutch Gothenburg metal band Detonation has gone gone through some serious line-up changes recently. Guitarist Mike Ferguson (ex-Kutschurft checked in with the following message:
"We have some good and some sad news!
Sad news first... we parted ways with 3 band members recently. Danny Tunker (guitar) and Michiel van der Plicht (drums) have gone on to seek their fame and fortune with God Dethroned and Prostitute Disfigurement. Due to their busy schedules it was impossible to keep playing in Detonation. However, we parted as friends and wish them good luck and much success in these bands.
Also, after 12 years in Detonation Otto Schimmelpenninck (bass) has decided to leave the band. His busy schedule with Delain prohibited his 100% focus and attention for Detonation, and as he did not think this was fair towards us, he respectfully gave up his role as bass player for Detonation. We will miss Otto as a friend and also wish him much success with Delain!
According to a Twitter message from guitarist John Petrucci, Dream Theater have started recording a new full-length album.
Petrucci writes: "First day in studio and the dawn of a new era for DT. Can't wait to get the music flowing."
And what about Mike Portnoy? Well meanwhile, the ex-Avenged Sevenfold drummer and founding member of Dream Theater has joined forces with guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, ex-Kansas), multi-instrumentalist Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard), bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs) and vocalist Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev, Endochine). The as-yet-unnamed project has just entered the studio as well to begin work on a new album, due later in the year.
Finnish metallers Battlelore will be releasing their new album Doombound later this month. The band has now uploaded two teaser videos in anticipation of its release. The clips contain samples and footage from the recording studio.
Cult US Power metal act Fifth Angel are officially back in business. After a twenty year break, the band played together for the first time in April last year at the Keep It True XIII Festival. But now the band is back in full force. Here's the official press statement:
"The fans have spoken, and after many years away, their wish is granted! Fifth Angel has returned!
Fifth Angel performed live for the first time last April at the Keep It True Festival in Lauda-Konigshoffen, Germany (with guest vocalist Peter Orullian (Heir Apparent)), and the wheels were set into motion for a full-throttle re-launch of a band long regarded as legendary in the heavy metal history books.
Ed Archer (guitar), Kendall Bechtel (lead guitar) and John Macko (bass), the three original members of the Time Will Tell era of the band, along with new drummer Jeffrey McCormack returned from their critically acclaimed performance to begin the search for their new lead vocalist...
Ava Inferi are gearing up for the release of their fourth studio effort Onyx, to be released in February. In the meantime, the band welcomes new bass player Joana Messias (Mourning Lenore) to their ranks.
Ava Inferi main man Rune Erickson (ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir) writes: ""To 2011! The year one!". Although Roman Castevet linked 1966 and a birth to this very phrase, we in Ava Inferi forged the same praise into our own symbolic terms for this newly charged Year. With the magick rites of Onyx soon pouring over us, we definitely sense a year of potent transformation. From cocoon to butterfly, or winged beast if you will, our impact is most certain impending. And what could a better time then now, whilst the new year still struggles to get up on its feet, to announce a new member to our Coven (?!).
In early December, Austrian Industrial Death/Black metal band Tristwood released their latest album Dystopia Et Disturbia, via Asiluum Netlabel.
The album was mixed and mastered at Volcano Studio, and is now available for free download at this location.
According to the label website, "Dystopia et Disturbia is definitely not an album for the faint hearted. It is crushing, fast, grim and easily the most agressive album ever released by us, somehow foreseeing the direction Asiluum is heading: total genre ignorant releases, absolute freedom."
Dystopia Et Disturbia cover art] tracklist:
01. Dystopia et Disturbia
04. Terra Incognita
05. The Black Room
06. Chamaelicon Bizarre
The new year has barely started and there's already some bad news to report: Swedish Melodic Doom metal band Slumber are calling it a day. However, the members will continue their endeavors in two different bands.
"As from today, Slumber exists no more as a group. Slumber has now turned into two bands", is how the official statement reads.
The first band is called Atoma, and consists of vocalist Ehsan Kalantarpour, guitarist Markus Hill and bassist Siavosh Bigonah (ex-Ondskapt), together with Rickard Insulander, among others. The band's first album Skylight is already recorded and mastered, and will be released in the fall of 2011. Skylight was originally the new upcoming album of Slumber, named Resonance.
US prog metal band Fates Warning has scheduled a handful of live dates for Germany and The Netherlands in February. Special guests are still to be announced. Confirmed dates so far can be found below.
In an interview from August 2009, Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder stated the band was in the middle of writing another record. There were no further updates on that album ever since. Last year, Fates Warning played a few select dates with the Parallels line-up in celebration of the 2010 re-issue of the album.
February 10th - Turock - Essen, Germany
February 11th - Bolwerk - Sneek, The Netherlands
February 12th - Bosuil - Weert, The Netherlands
February 13th - Kelder - Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Belgian black metallers Gorath have started the recordings for their upcoming album to be released in the first part of 2011 through Twilight Vertrieb. Watch the album trailer below.
Album number 5 will again be a concept album of which more information will be released during the coming months. Recordings and mix are set for January at Gorath's home based Crestfallen Studio and the Shumcot Studio. Tore Stjerna (Necromorbus Studio) will take care of the final mastering. Invert the triangle and cross your fingers for what it might be worth!
Ladies and gentlemen! You know what time it is! It's time for our monthly Demo/EP/Single spotlight special! This month features Astrophobos, Rising, Australis, Desert Beneath The Pavement, Albatross, Heathen Beast, and Sanity Of Impiety! Check it out here.
We could write a long story here about how this feature is by the people - for the people, but frankly we don't need to! You show your support for the underground by giving these guys a listen and giving them a vote if you like 'em. Is it working? Well, since the release of our monthly feature, Skull Fist have found themselves a record & booking deal, and Apsis have apparently been contacted by a few labels. Are these great developments because of our combined efforts? It's impossible to say for sure, but the timing is remarkable. Either way, it's because of people like you that these bands are finding some success. So go vote for your favourite from issue #4! Voting closes for all issues on January 14th, nominees will be revealed shortly thereafter.
Primordial are still busy working on their seventh studio album at the Foel Studios in Wales. Last Wednesday, the band has posted a one-minute video clip of a studio rehearsal, which can be watched on the band's Facebook page. The band also revealed the new album will be entitled Redemption At The Puritans Hand. More updates as they come in.
Canadian grindcore act Fuck The Facts have announced a string of 10 year anniversary shows.
"January 2011 will mark 10 years since Fuck The Facts started as a band. We decided to celebrate this milestone by playing some special shows in February and March with a set that'll touch on every album from 2001's Mullet Fever all the way up to some brand new songs from our upcoming album Die Miserable. Most dates are already confirmed, but we'll be updating the dates with details as we get them. So keep an eye out."
Fuck The Facts recently released a new DVD, entitled Live In Whitby. The DVD was recorded on April 11, 2009 in Whitby, ON, Canada and features the full live sets from Fuck The Facts, Heaps Of Dead, The Unborn Dead and F.A.T.O. You can watch a live clip, called "Everyone is Robbing The Dead", below.
The reigning queen of German heavy metal, Doro Pesch, has confirmed a handful of live shows in South America and Mexico for April 2011.
Doro's anniversary 2DVD/CD set, 25 Years In Rock, was released on November 26, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
21.04.2011 - BRA - Belo Horizonte, Lupa Multshow
23.04.2011 - BRA - São Luis, Red Club
24.04.2011 - BRA - São Paulo, Carioca Club
26.04.2011 - ARG - Buenos Aires, Roxy Live
28.04.2011 - COL - Bogotá Teatro Mama
30.04.2011 - MEX - Mexico City, Lunario
Finnish Heavy metal band Stargazery has signed with Pure Legend Records - a subdivision of Pure Steel Records.
Stargazery was founded in 2005 and is the new band of Ghost Machinery/Burning Point guitarist Pete Ahonen, and is fronted by former Michael Schenker Group/Masterstroke vocalist Jari Tiura.
The ambitious band is playing Hard-Rock influenced melodic metal on high standard in vein of the late Rainbow-phase and Dio. Stargazery has recently completed work on their debut album, Eye On The Sky, which will be released worldwide in the first quarter of 2011. The album was recorded and mixed at the HellGate and the Reindeer Horns studios in Oulu/Finland, and mastered at Bazement Studios. Cover artwork is done by Felipe Machado (Thunderblast).