The scheduled October Australian/New Zealand tour of Florida death metallers Deicide has unfortunately been cancelled. Soundworks Touring & Deicide deeply apologise for any inconveniences and disappointments to fans. In a statement released by lead man Glen Benton: "We are currently working on the new album and will be recording during the time frame of said tour... on behalf of the band and myself we are sorry for any inconvenience and will reschedule the tour for another time frame as soon as we can."
Purchased tickets can be returned from point of purchase for a full refund.
The Australian/New Zealand tour, set to take place in April 2009, was announced at the end of December 2008. In March, the scheduled April Australian/New Zealand tour were first postponed and later rescheduled to October.
"Rise Of The Shadows", a brand new track from ChthoniC's latest full-length album "Mirror of Retribution" is now available for streaming on the Spinefarm UK MySpace, as well as ChthoniC's official MySpace page.
ChthoniC's profile in MyeBook has gotten over 25,000 views in a very short time, and there is a live video of the band performing "Rise of the Shadows" currently on YouTube.
"Mirror Of Retribution" is set for a September 1 release in the US via Spinefarm Records. The record was produced and engineered by Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano. ChthoniC have also released an image from their album cover art here.
For the very first time, and exclusively to downloadfestival.co.uk, the Download Festival is giving fans the opportunity to relive performances from the event, 'On Demand' for the next three months. Featuring 15 artists, including all three headliners, a massive 38 full songs will be available.
As the most successful event in the history of the Download Festival both onsite and online, with over 2.3 million live streams served on the official website in three days, event organisers are thrilled to be offering more than ever before. Live Nation are, for the very first time, able to show performances from the event for a limited period starting at 9:00am on Friday 26 June.
Featuring the debut festival performance in more than 11 years for Faith No More, the return of Limp Bizkit, plus rousing performances from Def Leppard, Slipknot, Korn and Pendulum, all these and more can be relived via the award-winning official Download Festival website.
Ghost Brigade took the world by surprise when their debut album "Guided By Fire" was received with raving reviews in autumn of 2007. Stimulated by this success, the Finns will be back in the shops this year, with a new delivery of their original blend of Post-Rock, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Death and Doom Metal.
Their sophomore album is entitled "Isolation Songs", and will be released on August 3rd in Europe (August 25th in the US) through Season Of Mist Records.
"We are collectively very proud of this record", guitarist Wille comments. "It was a lot of work to get this album done, it took almost two years to write these songs, but now that it's 100% ready I can only say that I feel privileged to be a member of Ghost Brigade. I have a strong feeling we have created something very special with 'Isolation Songs' and it is by far my personal favorite of all recordings I've ever been a part of. I hope people will enjoy these songs as much as we do once they get the chance to hear them. If only August was here already! Be safe!"
Swedish metallers Valkyrja entered Necromorbus Studios (Watain, Deströyer 666) in Stockholm on June 22 with producer Tore Stjerna to begin recording their second album.
The band commented: "The procedure will span throughout the summer and be available in pressed form in late 2009/early 2010 through Metal Blade Records if no greater harm is done to the schedule. As for now there are no further details available. Nothing more will be written until everything is completed and an entry including all information and alike will follow."
"Death... The Brutal Way", the new video from Dutch metallers Asphyx, has been made available online. The clip was helmed by Oliver Barth of Visions In Fear.
"Death... The Brutal Way" comes off the band's latest album, entitled "Death... The Brutal Way", which was released in Europe on June 22, 2009 via Century Media Records (the album will be released on September 1 in the US via Ibex Moon Records).
Washington DC band Fierce Allegiance premiers their music video music video "No Way Out" directed by Kenny Kelley (Darkest Hour, Vans Warped Tour, Adrenaline Crew) on MySpace Music.
The video combines performance footage and extreme motorcycle stunts by internationally renowned stunt team Adrenaline Crew. Motorcycle stunts "wheelies," "chainsaws," and "endos" are presented in a live performance setting. The video was dangerous, due to near miss collisions with the band. Vocalist Ben Allegiance comments: "we were amazed how close the motorcycles were during our performance. Instead of doing the typical angry metal video, we opted for an 80's classic metal vibe in the style of Judas Priest and Motörhead."
Independent Goth Rock/Metal up-and-comers, Ellsbeth, have finally released their first studio album "Well Dressed Killing Machine" on iTunes. The album, which came out on April 1st, was co/produced by Chris Spilfogel (Dreamgirls, Hairspray), as well as Ellsbeth's guitarist, Sean Lacefield. "Well Dressed Killing Machine", featured 11 original tracks, and the music has been described as "honest" with a "striking melody". The band has already gained a cult following across the nation.
Ellsbeth was formed in 2005 with a goal to set the world of music on fire. After numerous lineup changes, the band is ready to fulfill this dream. The five musicians that make up the female fronted band have gathered from all across the US to bring music that is true and sincere to the masses. With lyrics that are drawn from the "ironic tragedy that is the inner, day-to-day workings of a very human life and the relationships that bind them together," Ellsbeth creates music that people can relate to.
Polish deathsters Vader will team up with California's Decrepit Birth, L.A.'s Warbringer, The Amenta from Australia, Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky from Florida, and Montreal, Canada's Augury for a 38-show "Decibel Presents: Monsters Of Death Tour" through North America beginning November 4th in Baltimore, Maryland.
Vader guitarist/vocalist Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek shares his thoughts on the upcoming trek: "Metal always was and still needs to be a brotherhood. All we were doing to support the music and the scene was cooperating with other bands. Natural seIection decides if a band is really dedicated or if it's just an episode. Not much has changed today, actually.
"Blood Oath", the new album from death metallers Suffocation, is available for streaming in its entirety on the band's official MySpace. "Blood Oath" will be released in Europe on July 3 and in the U.S on July 14 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The big news in the Arch Enemy camp is that Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, etc.) has completed the mixing and mastering of the new Arch Enemy record, "The Root Of All Evil". This special release features a seIection of completely re-recorded songs from the first three Arch Enemy albums, "Black Earth", "Stigmata" and "Burning Bridges", and will be released via Century Media Records on September 28th in Europe and October 6th in North America.
Guitarist Michael Amott comments: "This one took some time to get done, despite the fact that the actual songs were already written a good few years ago! The album was recorded at a few different locations locally here in Sweden - produced by Arch Enemy, with Daniel Erlandsson (drums) handling a lot of the engineering. It was then sent to Andy Sneap in England for the mixing/mastering and I simply can't stop listening to this since I got the final mixes!"
"Never Too Loud" - Danko Jones latest album - will finally be released in the US on September 8'th! It will come out on Bad Taste, with distribution through Caroline/EMI, so it will be available in all good record stores across the country and of course through all good digital retailers as well. More details on this will be announced shortly along with pre-order links etc etc.
Shortly before the US release, on August 24'th, Riot Entertainment will also be releasing the record in Australia! Very excited about all this and hopefully we will have tour dates in place in both these territories in a not too distant future.
The Riot Entertainment press release reads as follows: Danko Jones will release their fourth full-length album, "Never Too Loud" in Australia via Riot Entertainment on August 24.
Polish technical Thrash/Death Metallers known as NeVeR band are releasing their 3rd studio album "Back To The Front". The album is out now in Japan with Spiritual Beast Co. Ltd. Tokyo.
According to a press release, the record seems to be very good musically and it's of very high sound quality. "Back To The Front" was recorded at Studio-X in Poland (mixed by world famousFredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, Sweden and mastered by Tom Meyer in Hamburg, Germany. Special guests appearances on the album include Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy (2 songs and 2 versions of each) and Maurycy "Mauser" Stefanowicz formerly known from Vader (currently in his own band UnSun). Angela Gossow's parts were recorded in Sweden at The Sweatspots Studio by Rickard Bengtsson.