The new EP of Circle II Circle - the band around the former Savatage singer Zak Stevens - will be released on March, 28. The name of the 4 track single will be "Every Last Thing" and it will include a non album track as well as a live video clip.
The full length studio album "Delusions Of Grandeur" will be released on April, 25. Besides the standard CD, AFM Records will release a limited version including bonus material as well as a limited picture vinyl.
Prosthetic Records posted the following update on Neuraxis's upcoming album:
Canadian tech-thrashers Neuraxis will enter the studio February 19 with producer Jef Fortin (of fellow Canadians Anonymous) to record the band's fifth studio album. The recording process will be done in late March and is scheduled to be mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, Shadows Fall), and will feature artwork from Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Art (Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira). The yet-untitled effort should see a July release through Prosthetic Records.
"We feel this album will be something monumental for Neuraxis," says guitarist Rob Milley. "With the new line-up and the energy we have created in the writing sessions, it's something that is new and refreshing, yet still retains a lot of the essence of what Neuraxis has built since day one."
Napalm Records have announced that Swedisch Gothic Doom Metal band Draconian have scheduled a very special pre-listening session for their upcoming album "Turning Season Within". In cooperation with MySpace Nordics, the entire album will be available online on the official Draconian MySpace page from February 21, 24:00 Central European Time until the official release of the album. No voice-overs, no fade-outs!
The album is scheduled for release on February 29th (Europe) and March 4th, 2008 in the US through Napalm Records.
A one-and-a-half-minute trailer for the forthcoming DVD from Tarot can be viewed on YouTube at this location. Also this trailer can now be downloaded in High-Quality from the Videos-section on Tarot's official website here (Xvid required).
The DVD was filmed on August 17, 2007 at club Rupla in Kuopio (Finland) with director Harri Mielonen and is scheduled for release later in the year.
A brand new Illdiposed song, entitled "Like Cancer", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
The song comes off the Danish metallers' new album, entitled "The Prestige", due on March 28 via AFM Records (April in the US via Locomotive Records).
"The Prestige" was mixed at Studio Fredman (Gothenburg, Sweden) with Fredrik Nordström and features cover artwork by Mattias Norén.
The video for the single "Blooddrunk" off Children Of Bodom's upcoming album has been posted online. The video can be viewed at this location.
The clip, which was produced by Katapult Filmproduktion, was shot in the former Nazi barracks in Krampnitz in the vicinity of Berlin, Germany, where the Russian army was stationed before the German reunion.
Another Children Of Bodom song entitled "Banned From Heaven" was already made available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
The following was written in a promotional publication by Roadrunner Records:
"The wait is over. The time is now. Many said it would never happen, that Max and Iggor Cavalera, the Brazilian brothers and visionaries that formed the groundbreaking Sepultura would reunite to make music together again. Despite having spent 12 years apart, the inescapable fact remains: Max and Iggor share blood and an unparalleled sonic kinesis. Hence, the Cavalera Conspiracy was born. While the Cavalera Conspiracy and their debut "Inflikted" may seem like the closest we'll get to a Sepultura reunion, make no mistake. The Cavalera Conspiracy is its own maniacal, untameable beast with its own set of rules.
"Solitude Aeturnus - one of the most respected names in the doom metal field with a style that borrows from classic doom as well as progressive metal. Formed in the spring of 1987, Solitude Aeturnus are still pummeling souls into doom metal submission! Robert Lowe's haunting vocals, unbelievably heavy and slow riffs, strange melodies and sublime compositions - all this complemented by the band's desperate, insane, theatrical yet profoundly personal appeal.
This legendary doom metal band from US returns today with two albums re-released by Metal Mind Productions - "Through The Darkest Hour" and "Downfall".
"Through The Darkest Hour" - Solitude Aeternus' third full-length release from 1994. Recorded in March in England at Rhythm Studios, the album showed a simpler and heavier direction, proving to be the band's best achievement yet, mainly because of an excellent production and top notch composing. New digipak edition includes 2 bonus tracks recorded during band's show in Warsaw in February 2007.
Some sound samples from the new Edenbridge album "MyEarthDream" have been put online at the band's MySpace. You can listen to them at this location.
Edenbridge sixth studio album will be out on April 25th, 2008 via Napalm Records.
"MyEarthDream" cover] will have the following tracklist:
01. The Force Within
03. Remember Me
06. Whale Rider
07. Undying Devotion
08. Fallen From Grace
09. Place Of Higher Power
10. MyEarthDream Suite (For Guitar And Orchestra)
Nightwish were awarded an "ECHO" as band of the year in the category "rock/alternative (international)". The other nominees in that category were Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs, Marilyn Manson and Within Temptation. The ECHO Music Awards were held Friday night (February 15) in Berlin, Germany. ECHO is a German music award granted every year by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie (an association of recording companies). Nightwish performed the song "Amaranth".
All info about the ECHO 2008 at http://www.echopop.de (website in German).
UPDATED on 9 March:
At the annual Emma Awards (Finnish Grammy), Nightwish won awards in four of the six nominated categories. The jury awarded Nightwish Emma awards in the following categories: "Album Of The Year", "Metal Album Of The Year", "Band Of The Year" and "Best Selling Album 2007".
Saxon's Australian tour, which was originally to take place in October last year but got postponed due to visa problems, has finally been reannounced and will be taking place in May. The tour dates are as follows:
05.05.2008 Brisbane - The Arena
06.05.2008 Melbourne - Billboard
07.05.2008 Sydney - The Forum
As stated when the tour was first postponed, tickets that were purchased for the original dates will remain valid for the rescheduled dates.
In related news, Saxon will be touring Japan once more before heading to Australia. Those dates are as follows:
30.04.2008 Tokyo - O East
01.05.2008 Nagoya - Club Quattro
02.05.2008 Osaka - Club Quattro
Canada's Voivod have posted the following update on their website:
"There remain 13 songs that Denis D'Amour (Piggy) had written with the band that have yet to be recorded. Michel Langevin (Away) and Denis Belanger (Snake) will track the last songs this spring bringing all the past and present members together to participate in a homage to the guitar legend of Piggy and the legacy of 25 years of a brotherhood forged by exploring metal, rock and punk ethics with an other worldly premise. Jean-Yves Theriault (Blacky) and Eric Forrest (E Force) have eagerly agreed to contribute bass tracks along with Jason Newsted (Jasonic). The End records and Nuclear Blast will release this final record once completed. Voivod may play select shows after the release as a thank you to the fans and to bring closure to a great career."
UK Metallers Venom have announced their album "Hell" is set for release in May 2008 through Universal.
Packed with 13 brand new malevolent tracks from the masters of Black Metal, Venom are now preparing to unleash this thunderous sequel to their 2006 "Metal Black" album. With song titles such as "Armageddon", "Straight To Hell", "Hand Of God", "USA For Satan", "The Power & The Glory", "Evil Perfection", "Kill The Music", and the title track "Hell".
The new album truly shows the power and intensity that is Venom, the trio of Cronos, Antton and Rage deliver the metal album of 2008.
The ProgPower UK team has posted the following announcement on the event's website:
This is the hardest decision we have ever had to make, but it is with great regret that we have had to cancel ProgPower UK III.
We have made no secret of the financial difficulties that have dogged our first two years, which is why we made a significant number of changes for year three. However, ticket sales have been extremely poor and, as a result, there is no way we can stage the festival without losing a substantial amount of money - again.
This decision has not been taken lightly and we are fully aware of both the disappointment and inconvenience it will cause. However, we simply cannot afford to keep pumping money into ProgPower UK and we can assure you that we are as disappointed about this as you no doubt are.
Stream Of Passion have posted the following blog on their MySpace:
"Rumours had been going on for a little while and finally we can say that they were true! We've been working on our new material for quite a while now and before releasing our new cd this year, we want to give you the chance to listen to a combination of old and new material and also to see our new members rock with SoP!
4 gigs are confirmed so far, more will follow soon!