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
Agoraphobic Nosebleed has completed work on their fourth full-length album "Agorapocalypse". "Agorapocalypse"'s 13 tracks were recorded by ANb's own Scott Hull at his Visceral Sound studios. This is also the first Agoraphobic Nosebleed record to feature new vocalist Kat (Salome), the band is rounded out by J. Randall and Richard Johnson. An exclusive comic-strip rendering of the band during the recording process is featured in the latest issue of Decibel Magazine (March 2009, on newsstands now).
Advance song titles taken from "Agorapocalypse" include: "Moral Distortion", "Question Of Integrity", "Trauma Queen" "Agorapocalypse Now", and "Flamingo Snuff". The album will also feature new and original artwork from ANb visualist Florian Bertmer. "Agorapocalypse" is set for a CD and LP release on April 14th in North America, April 20th internationally, via Relapse Records.
"Cold" the third full-length album from Hellsaw, and the band's first on Napalm Records, is due to be released in Europe during March 2009, whilst the US and Canada releases will follow on in April.
"Cold" contains 13 tracks of the strongest and most intense songs from Hellsaw to date, and includes "Wounds", a track not written before the band started rehearsing for the new album, but was created out of the energy and intensity that developed as the band started to play the new material.
Also included will be a bonus DVD featuring Hellsaw appearances at the Ragnarok and Under The Black Sun Festivals, and at the Le Romandie venue in Lausanne, together with a photo gallery tracing the band's history from the very early days to the present time.
German death metallers Obscura have posted a fourth preview track, the title song "Cosmogenesis" featuring a guest appearance by Ron Jarzombek (Spastic Ink, Watchtower), from their forthcoming Relapse debut "Cosmogenesis".
The song can be heard online now via the band's official MySpace. "Cosmogenesis" will see its North American release on February 17th, 2009 (March 2nd internationally). Additional release information and album artwork can be found here.
Texas-based mythological occult metal band Absu have posted the song "Girra's Temple" from their self-titled new album due in stores February 24 on their official MySpace page. The song offers fans the first listen to material on the anxiously awaited new album that features an all-star array of guest musicians.
"Absu" is the first new recording from the trio since their highly acclaimed album "Tara" released in 2001. Produced by the band with mixing assistance from J.T. Longoria (King Diamond, Solitude Aeturnus), the album features artwork from Belgian artist Kris Verwimp. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the album's lyrical concepts, "I am concentrating more on Sumerian-based occult themes of magick and mythology versus the Celtic aspect of my previous writings, which was heavily expressed on the last few Absu studio albums. Musically speaking, the material will be quite similar to Tara, but with more of a '70s progressive/psychedelic texture within it."
Vocalist Daniel Gildenlöw of Pain Of Salvation has posted the following blog after Barack Obama's inauguration:
"We congratulate the people of USA on the Inauguration of their new President. We have waited for this day a long time, as have most of the world. Obama continually strikes us as the bravest and most promising US president that modern times have seen, and we nod our heads in agreement and respect for some of the things he expressed in his speech. Thus, with Barack Obama, in that very speech, offering an open hand to those willing to unclench their fists, Pain of Salvation will be first in line to offer our unclenching.
Therefore, let it be known that on the 20th of January 2009, after almost five years, Pain of Salvation are officially lifting their political embargo on USA. Our position on border control finger print scanning remains unchanged, and we will keep fighting against it and do what we can to oppose and fight it; but today we see an American nation of hope and want of change, and good should be met with good. Hence, we reach out to accept your hand. Not unconditionally, because real love is demanding: something to work on every day. But with our deepest and most sincere hope for a new start."
Stratovarius keyboard player Jens Johansson has posted the following statement:
"A long, long time, fans all over the world have eagerly waited for Stratovarius to return to the stage. They will finally be back on the road this year, with new guitar player Matias Kupiainen. We are happy to announce that Stratovarius will rock England, Scotland and Ireland for a couple of exclusive European shows before digging into the festival season 2009. Yes, you got it right: fans there will be the very first to see them live in 2009 and witness Matias's introduction onto stage with the band. Come be a part of it!" Here are the dates:
Stratovarius North Atlantic Isles Tour 2009
May 15 - Wolverhampton, England, UK @ Wulfrun Hall
British heavy rock legends, Iron Maiden, in association with Banger Productions, EMI Records, Universal (USA) and Arts Alliance Media, announce that they will be releasing a feature length documentary film into cinemas worldwide on April 21st 2009.
As you may know from Rod's tour diaries, Iron Maiden have been working on a feature length documentary. Entitled "Iron Maiden: Flight 666", the movie follows the band on the first leg of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour in February and March of 2008 as they experienced the most ambitious and adventurous tour in rock history, and will be released in April 2009 in association with EMI Records and Universal in the USA.
The Maiden tour plan was something that had never been attempted before on such a grand scale. Circumnavigating the globe, the band flew in a specially customised Boeing 757 airliner with their crew and 12 tons of music and stage equipment on board, playing 23 sold out stadium and arena shows in 13 countries in just 45 days, travelling 70,000km and performing to almost half a million fans.
"Dutch metal band Delain have revealed the tracklisting and cover art for their eagerly awaited new album "April Rain", which hits the stores March 30th. "April Rain" follows the successful 2006 debut "Lucidity", which sky-rocketed the career of the band in their home country of The Netherlands. "The new album "April Rain" is a real group effort, that's what we're most proud of" says Martijn Westerholt, keyboard player and composer for Delain. After a successful tour in Germany in December 2008, Delain will launch the new album in Amsterdam on March 19th at a special event at the Melkweg venue.
Acid Drinkers are still alive and kicking. For a good start of this New Year, the band is going to play some concerts in a line-up presented on 13th December in Hala Stulecia. Yes! Titus, Ślimak and Popcorn want to pour you some more acid.
The organizer of Desert Rock Festival, Center Stage Management, is excited to announce the full line-up for its 6th edition held at Dubai Festival City on Friday, March 6th 2009. Six international heavy metal bands will dominate the stage providing seven hours of live music, supported by two lucky bands chosen from competitions currently running across the globe. A day not to miss!
The line-up for this year's Desert Rock Festival will feature: Motörhead, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Chimaira, August Burns Red, Nervecell and two unsigned bands from various competitions, namely Hatred and Scarab.
This marks Motörhead's first ever performance in the Middle East since the beginning of their career in 1975. On their 30th anniversary, they won a Grammy for "Best Metal Performance", promising a powerful show.
US metallers Impending Doom have put a new song, entitled "The Serpent Servant", on their MySpace page.
"The Serpent Servant" cover art] is the title track of Impending Doom's new album which will be released on March 31 through Facedown Records.
The album was recorded at Lambesis Studios in San Diego with Tim Lambesis and Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying, War Of Ages, Winds Of Plague) It was mixed and mastered by Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Terror).