04:46 - Guib @deadone: I much prefer Unquestionable Presence.
04:33 - deadone I would rather take Atheist over Death. Piece of Time is riff heaven.
03:13 - LeKiwi Not everyone loves death metal, Marcel ;) I, for one, would take Death's proggier era over their death metal one any day.
03:12 - ScreamingSteelUS SBG was actually one of my first death metal albums. I bought it before I really had a tolerance for dm, much less a taste for it, so for a long time I thought very little of it. I had to revisit it after I had an ear for it.
Manowar has posted the following piece of news on their website:
"Hail Brothers and Sisters of Steel! Fantasy becomes reality as Manowar releases the EP, "Thunder in the Sky." The introduction to The Asgard Saga, Manowar's collaboration with Germany's best-selling fantasy author, Wolfgang Hohlbein, will feature 6 songs and a bonus CD with "Father" recorded in 16 versions in 16 different languages. The EP is the prequel to the complete CD "Hammer of the Gods," due to be released at the end of 2009.
Destined to be a collector's item, the tour edition of the EP will be available at all the festivals Manowar headlines on The Death to Infidels Tour 2009.
Be'lakor have posted the following announcement in relation to their recent signing with Australian label Prime Cuts Music:
"We are really pleased to announce that we have signed with Prime Cuts Music.
With some of Australia's best metal bands already on its roster, and with huge recent contributions to our metal scene, Prime Cuts is a label with a strong reputation. Joining this label represents a significant step for Be'lakor."
Three days earlier the band posted the following short blog:
"Australian melodic death metallers Be'lakor have posted two new songs online. ''Venator'' and ''From Scythe To Sceptre'' can be heard at their MySpace page. Tracks are coming from the band's new upcoming album, entilted ''Stone's Reach'', which is scheduled for release on 20th June."
Portuguese gothic metallers Moonspell will team up with Switzerland's Samael for the "Night Eternal Above America Tour", which is scheduled for October/November this year. The support on the road will come from America's Book Of Black Earth and German Black metal band Secrets Of The Moon.
Tour dates are the following:
Oct. 14 - Tampa, FL - Czar
Oct. 15 - Atlanta, GA - Masqueerade
Oct. 16 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Oct. 17 - Allentown, PA - The Sterling Hotel
Oct. 18 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club
Oct. 19 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 20 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
Oct. 21 - Cleveland, OH - Peabodys
Oct. 22 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
Oct. 23 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
Seattle metallers Nevermore will enter the studio in August with producer (and Soilwork guitarist) Peter Wichers (who previously worked with Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane on Dane's solo debut, "Praises to the War Machine") to begin recording their long-awaited follow-up to 2005's "This Godless Endeavor", tentatively due in early 2010 via Century Media Records. Longtime friend and collaborator Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Machine Head) will once again be handling mixing duties.
Commented Dane: "These songs are full of newfound rage, lyrically and musically. Jeff Loomis has come up with some amazing new riffs that will no doubt please old and new fans alike. Also, I think the combination of Peter and Andy will result in something very, very special."
The British metal band To-Mera has posted the following statement about splitting from Candlelight Records:
''After releasing two albums on Candlelight Records, we have reached a mutual decision that it is time for this band to move on to pastures new in order to progress. We would like to thank all the staff at Candlelight for all their help during our 4 year relationship.''
''Our current focus will now be on recording a demo of some of the new material to showcase the musical evolution of this band since the release of Delusions. Tracking should begin sometime in July.''
The band has issued the following update through their MySpace:
It has been a while since we have posted any news so as expected their is lots to fill you in with.
Firstly their has been another line up change in the band. We will be introducing the new member that has joined in the next few days. All i can say for now is that he is an unbelievable talent and will not disappoint.
Also we have a heap of shows we will be announcing over the next few weeks. I'm sure alot of you have already heard they we will be performing at this years Australian Metal Awards in Sydney. We are really looking forward to what should be a great night. For full details and tickets got to Australian Metal.
As announced earlier, Twisted Sister are re-releasing "Stay Hungry" as part of the album's 25th Anniversary.
The new "Stay Hungry - 25th Anniversary Edition" includes the original album completely re-mastered plus a bonus disc of unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original sessions, as well as a new track "30" recorded especially for this collection by the 1984 lineup.
The following listening party links contain the entire re-mastered "Stay Hungry" version and two unreleased tracks, entitled "Death From Above" and "We're Not Gonna Take It" .
"Stay Hungry - 25th Anniversary Edition" will be available on June 30 through Rhino Records. All details here.
Velattore's first single, "Recalling The Fear", from their new album "Answers", will be announced next Sunday June 7th at 22 o´clock (GMT -4) through the band's MySpace. This band from Valparaiso, Chile is in the final lap of their first LP recorded by Elías Martinez at Black Sun Studios and mixed by Jorge "Gato" Esteban at Miau Studios. The single artwork will look like this.
For more information, visit http://www.velattore.com.
"Today (Friday 29th May) we're are proud to announce the imminent launch of the brand new single "Last Took At Eden" - the title track from the forthcoming album.
Released as a 3-track single and limited edition 5-track digipack, you will be able to order online via the band's official website. Nordic fans will also have the opportunity to pre-order the official "Almost Unplugged" DVD, recorded and re-edited live at Nalen in Stockholm.
Stay tuned for more news and updates on forthcoming releases."
UPDATE (thanks to 5933)
Europe have posted 30 second samples of two new songs coming from the band's latest single "Last Took At Eden". The songs are called "Last Took At Eden" and "U Devil U" and can be found here. Also, Europe's new video for the song "Last Took At Eden" can be watched below.
Danish Folk Metal band Svartsot have posted 2 new demo songs (called "Æthelred" and "Højen På Glødende Pæle") on their MySpace with the following message:
"Seeing as many people have been wondering how the new line-up and new material sounds, we thought we'd put a couple rehearsal room demo tracks up. Those of you who have been fortunate enough to see the new line-up perform at one of the last three concerts will have heard these already. But we hope you enjoy them just the same..."
Kreator are extremely proud to announce that they will be doing a four club tour in Russia this September! They are quite excited about the chance to play Russia again. The dates and clubs are as follows:
September 11, 2009 - Moscow, Russia - 1Rock Club
September 12, 2009 - SPB, Russia - GLAVclub
September 13, 2009 - Krasnodar, Russia - 'People' club
September 14, 2009 - Rostov, Russia - 'Podzemka' club
In other news, the "Tribute To Slime" sampler that Kreator has contributed a cover to "Alle Gegen Alle" has now been released. For more information, please go to http://www.myspace.com/tributetoslime.
As announced by Nuclear Blast, Canadian modern thrash metalheads Threat Signal just released a bunch of info about their upcoming album "Vigilance"! Besides that 2 new songs have been posted to the bands MySpace page: "Beyond Recognition" & "The Beginning Of The End".
The album will be unleashed on August 28th via Nuclear Blast.
"Vigilance" cover art] and tracklisting:
02. Through My Eyes
03. The Beginning Of The End
04. United We Stand
05. Beyond Recognition
06. Another Source Of Light
07. Hate Machine
11. In Repair
12. Escape From Reality
13. To Remember
"After long days of negotiations and preparations hereby we would like to announce "Funeral Nation Tour 2009"- a co-headlining European tour of two well known metal monsters Vader and Marduk. It's going to be a special event for all black and death metal freaks the more so because the tour will promote bands' newest full length albums. Vader is ready to unleash hell with their brand new monster "Necropolis" (to be out in August 21 through Nuclear Blast) while Marduk is working on a new opus for Regain Records. Be prepared for a massive panzer attack, ashes, burning ground and total destruction. During this killing trek the co-headliners will be supported by amazing Italian brutal death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse and one more act (soon to be announced). "Funeral Nation Tour 2009" will cover most of European regions except for the UK, Scandinavia, the Balkans and Baltic States. Marduk and Vader are planning to invade these places early 2010!"
Fifth Rabarock is only a week away. Last year's edition was the meeting point for 12 000 people. This year's edition on June 12th and 13th will probably see even more. 2 days, 2 stages, 18 bands for various tastes. Among others you'll find such local bands as Pedigree, Metsatöll, No-Big-Silence. However, the real treat will be Static-X, Anthrax and KMFDM. The kick off is on Friday at 15:15 when the first band will hit the stage. The tickets are still available for about 50 EUR. For those who will not have enough of the scheduled program, night club will be open on both nights of the festival with additional bands performing for about 6-8 EUR.
For those who have not yet acquired the ticket there is still a chance to win the pass in SMS drawing. Just send SMS to number 1512 containing text RABAROCK your name age (for example RABAROCK Peeter Soo 25). The winner will be announced on June 12th. In addition, all senders will participate in the drawing to win the full package for two to Ruisrock festival by Wris Tours. The drawing will be held after the festival on June 14th. Unfortunately this SMS game is for Estonian numbers only.
"Watch the YouTube video, hear 4 clips from the new CD, and follw the instructions to enter the give-away! Novembers Doom is giving away an 8GB, Black iPod nano. On the back of the nano the bands logo and symbol are laser engraved. The grand prize winner will receive the iPod, a signed copy of "Into Night's Requiem Infernal", and a DVD copy of "The Novella Vosselaar." Included on the iPod itself will be the entire Novembers Doom discography, including all the promotional videos, and the DVD video as well. 5 second place winners will receive an autographed copy of "Into Night's Requiem Infernal." This contest is completely random.