Chicago metal act Kastasyde has announced plans for a 3-week U.S. tour which will begin in late February. The following dates have been released so far:
Feb. 20 - Tornado's - Cedar Rapids, IA
Feb. 22 - The Cork Club - Fort Collins, CO
Feb. 23 - Cervantes - Denver, CO
Feb. 25 - Knickerbockers - Lincoln, NE
Feb. 26 - Kathy's Pub - Rochester, MN
Feb. 27 - The Back Bar - Janesville, WI
Feb. 28 - Indian Berry's - Bay City, MI
Mar. 01 - The Ritz - Warren, MI
Mar. 02 - Birdy's - Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 05 - The Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
Mar. 06 - Broadway Joe's - Buffalo, NY
Mar. 07 - The Haunt - Ithaca, NY
Mar. 13 - Memories - Chicago, IL
Commented drummer Garry Naples, "We are very excited about getting out on the road next month! We will be hitting some familiar places in the Midwest as well as conquering new ground on the East Coast. Right now we're focusing on writing for the new album, as well as rehearsing the older material for the tour. We're hoping to play a couple new tracks on the tour, so that everyone can get a taste of what the new record will sound like. The shows are going to be killer, so we hope to see everyone out to jam and hang out!"
French metal/indus/electro metallers Techny-Call X are set to release their debut album "Evolution" through Danse Macabre Records.
According to a press release, Techny-Call X worked for two years on "Evolution" to create there sensational definition of dark electro and industrial metal. With martial rhythms, elctronc sequences and samples the apocalyptic frenchmen created a ritualistic and frightening world. The dense keyboard atmospheres and the sonoric bassvoice of the singer fulfill the visual concept. This is a call for all those who like bands as Gothminister, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. Let's get biomechanical redesignt by these french warriors. On the album the "Evolution" of mankind into a new species half man, half machine is described. Finally everybody can realize, this happened already in our world.
Theocracy is proud to welcome Val Allen Wood as their new lead guitarist. Commented the band: "Val is an amazing talent, and will be taking over the guitar duties along with Jon, allowing Matt to step fully into the vocalist/frontman role. The band is very excited about this development, and the new lineup will be hitting stages in the U.S. and Europe soon!"
Theocracy's latest album "Mirror Of Souls" was released on 26 November 2008.
Medicated, the Finnish metal band featuring ex-Imperanon guitarist/vocalist Aleksi Sihvonen, have posted their newest music video online for the song "Scream For God". The clip was was filmed in December. "Scream For God" is the opening track of the band's latest EP "Magnum For Amen", released in September last year. The whole four song EP is available for streaming online at http://www.myspace.com/medicatedd.
Formed in 2005, Medicated describes its music as "thrash/death metal with big choruses, screaming and clean vocals, hard rhythms and fast lead guitars".
Maldivian metal band Nothnegal have uploaded two brand-new songs coming from their upcoming debut EP "Antidote Of Realism". Check out "Antidote of Realism" (featuring a keyboard solo from Marco Sneck (Kalmah)) and a sample from "Temptress Of Shadows" (featuring a guitar solo from Chippe of Maldivian Thrashers Serenity Dies) at this location.
The four-song EP will be released worldwide somewhere around March in all major digital stores. "Antidote Of Realism" was recorded at Shell Studio and engineered by Hilarl, Mixed by A.Kippo and mastered at Finnvox studios (Finland) by Minerva Pappi.
Recently, Nothnegal announced the addition of two new band members, no one less than drummer Kevin Talley (Dååth, ex-Chimaira, ex-Decrepit Birth, ex-Misery Index, ex-Dying Fetus) and also Marco Sneck will join the band as a full-time member. According to the band both the original drummer and keyboardist left Nothnegal to continue their studies.
Attention U.S. 3 Inches Of Blood fans. The day you've been waiting for is finally coming. The first album, "Battlecry Under a Wintersun", will be released in the U.S. and re-released in Canada on Tuesday, February 3, 2009. It will be released by Sonic Unyon and distributed by Caroline Distribution in the U.S.
As a special treat for all who have waited to get it, there will be four bonus tracks included on the album that were previously unavailable outside of the UK.
01. Ride, Darkhorse Ride
02. Destroy The Orcs
03. Headwaters Of The River of Blood
04. Heir To The Chaos Throne
05. Skeletal Onslaught
06. Journey To The Promise land
07. Lady Deathwish
08. Curse Of The Lighthouse Keeper
German thrashers Abandoned have posted the following message on their official MySpace page:
"Due to a general lack of time because of his day-job and stuff, Sven Vormann leaves the band. We wish him all the best and regret this decision wholeheartedly. As his successor we'd like to introduce you to Jan S. Mischon, who replaced Sven temporarily earlier on our little tour with Tankard around x-mas time 2008 and helped us out when we were playing Wacken and Earthshaker Festivals in 2005.
So Jan will be the drummer on our next CD, which we will start recording in May 2009 or so to deliver the ultimate thrash grenade by the end of the year."
German power metallers Domain have issued the following update:
"The final tracklist and the artwork of the upcoming Domain concept album "The Chronicles Of Love, Hate And Sorrow", (Release-Date: March 13th 09) has been revealed! The artwork was done by famous Brazilian metal artwork designer Gustavo Sazes, who bridged between the traditional Domain artwork concept and the requirements of the album story. The regular albums contains 10 tracks, one more bonus track will be added to the limited edition of the album."
Tracklist "The Chronicles Of Love, Hate And Sorrow":
01. Picture The Beauty
02. Sweeping Scars
03. Angel Above
04. Circle Of Give And Take
05. He Is Back
A few weeks ago, Týr guitarist/vocalist Heri Joensen answered some questions on the official Týr forum from the fans related to the band's current studio activities:
"It will be a very simple and straight forward pure Viking Pagan Folk Metal album... well, as simple as a three way combined term like that allows for. There will be no DVD with the release. We are using a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier for the guitar, that's one evil piece of machinery. We haven't gotten round to the bass yet, but we'll use some David Eden amp or an Epifani amp. The drums are combined: tom 4 is Tama, the snare is Pearl and the rest is Yamaha with Evans oil drumheads.
The album will be called: "By The Light Of The Northern Star".
Irish rockers The Answer premiered exclusively through Spin.com, an MP3 for the song "Demon Eyes", the opening cut from their forthcoming second full-length album, 'Everyday Demons'.
The track is available for downloading, posting, and sharing at the following location: http://spin.com/articles/exclusive-song-answer
THE ANSWER, four lads hailing from Downpatrick in Northern Ireland have been busy fulfilling their duties as the opening act for the North American leg of AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour. The band finishes the American Leg of Black Ice in Nashville, TN on January 31st and head to New York to play The Mercury Lounge on Tuesday, February 3rd. This will be THE ANSWER's only club gig in America prior to departing for the European leg of the AC/DC World Tour.
The second annual Swedish Metal Awards 2008 were held Friday Night 23 January in Gothenburg, Sweden. Here are the winners:
Hard-Rock Category: Bullet - Bite The Bullet
Death Metal Category: In Flames - A Sense Of Purpose
Glam/Sleazy Category: Gemini Five - Sex Drugs Anarchy
Heavy/Power Metal Category: Sabaton - The Art Of War
Punk/Hardcore Category: Kid Down - I Want My Girlfriend Rich
Metal Category (Thrash, Black, Doom etc.): The Haunted - Versus
Alternative Metal Category (Modern, Nu, Progressive etc.): Evergrey - Torn
Best Newcomers Category: Dead By April
Best Video/Director Category: In Flames/Patric Ullaeus - Alias
Best Live Act Category: Sonic Syndicate
Best International Album: Metallica - Death Magnetic