On Thursday, April 10th, flak'n'rollers Loits presented their latest video, "Haavad uulitsal" at the Kinomaja in Tallinn. The audience also witnessed a short "Making Of" flick and another video for the song "Emaraud", recorded during the band's live performance at the Hard Rock Laager '07 festival.
The video can be found on the new Loits DVD, due this summer, which will also feature all the previous Loits videos. In addition, a longer version of the "Making Of" documentary will also be present on the DVD.
BW&BK has received the following Burzum press release:
"This one-man band retains a vital roll in the early development of Norway's famed black metal scene. His contributions to what was once merely a small circle of friends grew to immense popularity, the genre now having sold hundreds of thousands of records around the globe. Compared to his peers - Mayhem, Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, Immortal - Burzum possessed a very distinct sound. Using ancient mythology as his lyrical muse (the very name Burzum coming from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings), he became known for fearless experimentation; each record expanding on previous efforts.
"Anthology" is a special first-time collection of material that spans the musician's ten-plus year recording legacy; most unfortunately still unavailable for US fans (other than pricey imports). Featuring selections from each of his six albums (and including one from his popular EP "Aske"), "Anthology" is anticipated to be a highly sought-after recording for long-time fans and those curious newcomers who up-til-now only knew of the name and not had opportunity to bear witness to the musician's blackened fruit."
"All the European tour dates for the '08 summer vacation have been announced. We've added shows in Turkey, Belgium, Ireland, and the UK. For our US fans, we've added a stop in Tucson, Arizona. Pre-order any of the shows on LiveMetallica.com and receive a 10% discount. For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, check out the Metallica.com Tour page. Keep checking Metallica.com for more tour date annoucements."
May 16 - Tucson, AZ - KFMA Day
May 28 - Chorzow, Poland - Slaski Stadium
May 30 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop Festival
May 31 - Getafe, Spain - Electric Weekend
June 03 - Prague, Czech Republic - Slavia Stadium
While hard at work on their new album, Iced Earth are announcing more dates for what is shaping up to be a very busy summer. On top of performing at festivals across Europe, the band has just accepted to be special guest to Judas Priest in Holland, Germany and Switzerland. The updated schedule as follows:
MAY.02.2008 : Chicago Powerfest, Mokena, Illinois - USA
MAY.09.2008 : Centre De Foire, Quebec City - Canada
MAY.11.2008 : Rock Hard, Germany
JUN.21.2008 : Hellfest, France
JUN.22.2008 : IJsselhal, NL-Zwolle (with Judas Priest)
JUN 23.2008 : Philipshalle, DE-Düsseldorf (with Judas Priest)
JUN.24.2008 : Zenith, DE-München (with Judas Priest)
JUN.25.2008 : National Sportzentrum, CH-Huttwil (with Judas Priest)
The debut album from Revolution Renaissance, the new band formed by Stratovarius guitarist and frontman Timo Tolkki, who officially put an end to Stratovarius last week, is entitled "New Era" and will be released on June 6th via Frontiers Records.
"New Era" tracklisting:
01. Heroes (Sammet) Sample]
02. I Did It My Way (Kiske) Sample]
03. We Are Magic (Rantanen)
04. Angel (Kiske)
05. Eden Is Burning (Rantanen) Sample]
06. Glorious And Divine (Sammet)
07. Born Upon The Cross (Rantanen)
08. Keep The Flame Alive (Kiske)
09. Last Night On Earth (Kiske)
10. Revolution Renaissance (Kiske) Sample]
As previosuly reported, Timo has formed a new band called Revolution Renaissance, and in the silence he has been devoting all his time and efforts preparing the first release of his new band. According to a press release, the album is "a masterpiece of melodic Power Metal", taking the listener straight back to the Visions-era Stratovarius. In fact, "New Era" is the album that was meant to be the next Stratovarius album.
Montreal's technical death metal band Beneath The Massacre have scheduled studio time for the follow up record to 2007's "Mechanics Of Dysfunction." The band will enter the studio April 25 with Yannick St-Amant (Despised Icon, Neuraxis, Martyr), who also produced Beneath The Massacre's prior full-length and the "Evidence Of Inequity" EP. Afterwards, Jason Suecof (The Black Dahlia Murder, God Forbid, Chimaira) will mix the record, which is currently slated for a fall 2008 release through Prosthetic Records.
"So we just came back from our headline tour in the US. We had a blast." Beneath The Massacre vocalist Elliot Desgagnes says. "A lot of people showed up and all the bands on the package were super cool dudes. We're now working hard on the new material that will be recorded starting in April at Yannick's studio. We can't wait to enter the studio. We'll probably be posting video and blogs to let all you guys know what's going on in studio. Stay tuned."
Swedish art-rock outfit Cult Of Luna has set "Eternal Kingdom" as the title of its fifth full-length album, due on June 16 in Europe and July 8 in the U.S. via Earache Records. The CD was recorded at Tonteknik Studios in the band's hometown of Umeå. The follow-up to 2006's critically aclaimed "Somewhere Along The Highway" will reportedly be "much heavier and darker affair than previous albums."
The artwork for "Eternal Kingdom" can be viewed at this location.
Commented guitarist Erik Olofsson: "It is with great ambition and struggle we have created a very heavy album. The sound is strong and progressive. Our compositions do not hold back on anything this time!"
Billboard are reporting that AC/DC are recording their first studio album in eight years with producer Brendan O'Brien . No release date has yet been announced for the Columbia project.
The news came via a Web post Link] from Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti, who said his own band's album is being delayed due to O'Brien engineer Billy Bowers' work with AC/DC. Bowers is producing the Supersuckers' as-yet-untitled disc.
" wants to make some last-minute tweaks and, well, he can't right now," Spaghetti wrote. "He's been detained by a little Australian band called, uh, AC/DC."
AC/DC is expected to tour in support of the album, with dates to be announced.
According to the Nuclear Blast Newsletter, guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie of the Danish modern metallers Mnemic has issued the following update:
"We are back from the rotten dead, finally with some great news for y'all.
We toured most of last year, which was very fun but at the same time very exhausting for some of us, which lead to a minor break in order to recharge our batteries and reload our guns. We have finally regained focus and are now ready to bring Mnemic back on the map.
I know many of you have asked us when we will be back on the road again, when we will be touring the U.S., Japan, Australia and so on and so on... Thank you for all the requests! Unfortunately I can only say that there will only be one tour this year and a few selected shows. The tour will be in Denmark and it will be launched actually next month. Dates can be found at the http://www.myspace.com/mnemic site and http://www.mnemic.com.
The cover artwork for "Watershed", the forthcoming album from Swedish metallers Opeth, can be viewed here. The cover was (as usual) designed by Travis Smith in co-operation with frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt.
"Watershed" is scheduled for release on June 3 via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally). The CD, recorded in the band's native Sweden and produced by frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and Jens Bogren, is a masterwork that follows the time-honored Opeth tradition; its modern yet timeless, progressive yet paying homage to the sounds of classic rock.
After a few months of search and the cancellation as support of the Therion tour, Morten Veland's Sirenia have finally announced a new vocalist. This is the band's statemant regarding the new frontwoman:
"Sirenia is finally ready to introduce their new female singer. Ailyn - Born 1982 in Barcelona, now settled in Granada, Spain. Ailyn has been strongly attached to music all her life, and began singing at an early age. Later on she studied singing at The School of Music Albéniz, and obtained singing lessons with several singing teachers around Spain. In the past she's been singing and performing all kinds of styles and genres, but in 2004 she discovered the sounds of metal combined with atmospheric and classical elements, this style of music made a big impression and she knew right away in which direction she wanted to take her career. Sirenia has done pre-productions of several new songs and recognizes that Ailyn's voice match perfectly with the new songmaterial. The band is very pleased to have Ailyn onboard and we all look forward to a future collaboration."
"We are excited to announce that a our new album "Silhouettes" can be listened to in its entirety on our MySpace page. This a week before it will see its European release through Listenable Records! We would love some feedback, as this is the result of 6 months of hard work!"
"Silhouettes" is due to be released on April 21st via Listenable Records.
Jordanian Dark Oriental Metal Band Bilocate released the following official statement through their website:
"Following the success of Bilocate's last release "Dysphoria" back in 2005, a new Chapter has begun with engineer Jens Bogren best Recognized for his outstanding work with Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath, Amon Amarth, Symphony X, Paradise Lost and many more, the new Album is currently being mixed by Jens in Fascination Street Studio in Sweden.
As Jens commented on Bilocate Album:
"Bilocate takes the qualities from the best epic death metal bands and blend it with their very own middle eastern touch, and out comes one of the most interesting metal bands I've heard for a long time You can hear that they put effort and thought in to every note and every scream!" (Jens Bogren)