Borknagar's upcoming album Universal will be launched for a worldwide release the 22nd of February 2010 through Indie Recordings.
Comment about the artwork reads as follows: "We are really proud to finally reveal the cover for Universal. It has been a long process to circle in and establish the perfect visual approach for this album. A cover that is able to visually represent the album. We firmly believe that we have achieved that with the new cover and the general designs (including CD, CDL, LP and CD BOX) represent nothing less."
Universal cover art] tracklist:
03. The Stir Of Seasons
04. For A Thousand Years To Come
05. Abrasion Tide
Poisonblack have set Of Rust And Bones as the title of their fourth studio album, to be released in Europe on 22 March 2010 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to A Dead Heavy Day was recorded with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa, who has previously worked with HIM, Sentenced, Amorphis and Ensiferum. Songtitles set to appear on Of Rust And Bones include "My Sun Shines Black", "Down The Drain", "The Last Song", "Buried Alive" and "Penaaliseppo".
Denial Machine, the band featuring former Ditchwater and Ashes From Within members, have made their entire new self-titled debut album available for streaming at their website. The album will be available in stores by mid to late December.
The band comments: "We began writing and preparing for this journey back in February of this year. We started tracking back in May and the process lasted all the way through to early October. We took our time and put everything we had into making the best record possible."
Denial Machine cover art] tracklist:
01. Whom The Gods Would Destroy
02. The Denial Machine
03. A Symbol Of Obsession
04. Idée Fixe
05. This Burden (Tortured)
06. Simulacrum of Hope
Under A New Sun has been named as the title for the upcoming album from The Eternal set to see the light of day in 2010. The album will be the follow up to the acclaimed Kartika & also the bands fourth full length album. Revealed song titles include: "Control", "Under A New Sun", "A Thousand Shades of You", "Collapse" and "Cast In Stone" to name a few.
The band have also launched a studio blog which can be viewed at this location.
The band enter 301 Studios in Byron Bay on December 4th. The blog will be updated daily throughout December with pictures and the latest news on the recording process, so be sure to check it out.
Under A New Sun will be produced by Jeff Martin (The Tea Party). Jeff adds this about the album: "I proudly re-introduce The Eternal... The type of band I've been waiting to produce. It's been a year now since Mark and I agreed to embark on a journey that begins this December. For The Eternal this will not be a stepping stone but a launch pad. For me, a creative working relationship that allows me to realise an artist's vision and re-connect with past influences, all the while looking into the future... darkly. I envision an alchemical marriage, a musical landscape anchored by organic rock and roll and infested with industrial overtones. To put things lightly, you're not playing with kids here. The Eternal are the real deal."
After four years, Swedish Death Metal legends Hypocrisy will finally be back on the road in Europe. After having the highest chart entry ever in Germany - the new album A Taste Of Extreme Divinity was released October 23rd 2009 and landed on #62 - the band will hit the road alongside Survivors Zero and Hatesphere on the so-called "Long Time, No Death... Europe 2010" Tour.
To really give the fans something special after all those years, the band has decided to let their fans vote their favourite songs they want to hear and see live. The top voted songs will be played on the Hypocrisy Euro tour then.
Here is the poll. Choose one song in every drop down menu and your five favourite songs ever of Hypocrisy will be counted.
As many of you already know, an Archgoat anniversary release has been in the works for the past couple of months. Initially scheduled to be unleashed in October, the complexity of this very special boxset has prevented the band from meeting that rather-optimistic original deadline. Nevertheless, Archgoat are pleased to announce that the wait will soon be over... and it will be worth it. Celebrating 20 years of perversion, The Aeon Of The Angelslaying Darkness assembles 40 despicable incantations spanning the entire recording career of Finland's most blasphemous spawn. If everything progresses smoothly, you can expect this available by the end of December, via Debemur Morti Productions.
Procella Vadens, the new album of German Black metallers Imperium Dekadenz, will be released on January 18th through Season of Mist Underground Activists. You can download the song "An Autumn Serenade", clocking in at over nine minutes, or stream it on MySpace.
Procella Vadens cover art] tracklist:
01. Die Hoffnung Stirbt...
02. Lacrimae Mundi
03. A Million Moons
04. Ego Universalis
05. À La Nuit Tombante
06. An Autumn Serenade .mp3]
07. Ocean, Mountains Mirror
08. The Descent Into Hades
09. Procella Vadens
10. ...Wenn Der Sturm Beginnt
German thrashers Destruction have come across more bad luck when it comes to tours. The band has been forced to pull out of their upcoming Australian appearances due to the tour promoter "not wanting them after all". They were supposed to play on New Year's Eve at the Screamfest Australia metal festival in Sydney and in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth for a side-tour.
The tour promoter hasn't made any kind of official statement but said when queried by Destruction said: "The board of Just Say Rock cannot afford to bring Destruction down to Australia for the festival and other shows. Not helping...was that the venues in both Brisbane and Perth had spoken to Just Say Rock prior to this and wanted to either cancel the shows or bump Destruction into bars/pubs as the sales for these shows are poor with what they stated as "people showing little interest" in attending."
After coming back on stage in the beginning of 2009 following a two-year break, Brazilian prog power metal band Angra is currently working at its next studio album to be released in early 2010.
Angra frontman Edu Falaschi comments: "I'm here to tell that Angra already has more than 10 songs in work. These songs promise our album to be phenomenal at the very least! I'm going to try to express how the new album is getting its shape. What became clearer day-by-day, is the Magic in these songs, the romanticism, the aura of the times of hope, the beauty and the finess in the melodies. The technique becomes a real ally of the passion, which permeates every harmony in its most sublime form! These melodies make the breast explode in this feeling of pride and joy. This is the new album of Angra!"
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates are set to release The Flames of the End, a brand new 3-disc DVD set, through Earache Records. At The Gates released their definitive album, Slaughter Of The Soul - often regarded as one of the all-time greatest metal albums - on Earache in 1995, before touring the world and abruptly disbanding. Members of the band went on to play major roles in other notorious metal acts such as The Haunted and Cradle Of Filth, before reforming for a one-off tour in 2008 to rapturous response.
Now, to celebrate At The Gates' massively influential career and historical reunion tour, the band will be releasing The Flames of the End, an extensive, in-depth and definitive 3-disc DVD set on February 22nd, 2010.
In June of this year we were fortunate enough to return to Mexico City for three sold out shows at Foro Sol Stadium and with 155,000 of you there over the three nights, we knew it would be extra special. So we asked our friend Wayne Isham to join us with a film crew and the results of that crazy, magical, most memorable long weekend will be available on DVD and CD starting November 30 as Orgullo, Pasion y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de Mexico (Pride, Passion, and Glory: Three Nights in Mexico City).
The region free DVD's and CD's include songs from all three shows recorded on June 4, 6, and 7. Each show had a unique set list, totaling 34 different songs... they're all there on the two DVD set along with interviews with us. Other versions that will be available include one DVD (18 tracks), Blu-ray version of that DVD, a digi-pack with the DVD and two CD's, and finally the aforementioned deluxe version in a slip case with two DVD's and two CD's. Tracklistings for each configuration can be seen here. In keeping with the local theme, all the credits will be in Spanish (Portuguese for our Brazilian buddies) and will only be available at stores in Latin America. Of course we will also have it in The Official Metallica.com Store, starting sometime the week of December 7.
Gorgoroth will embark on an exclusive European mini-tour in April 2010 to support the new album Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt, out now in Europe and the US. Support will come from Keep Of Kalessin. The tour will include the following concerts:
German gothic metallers Coronatus have revealed the artwork of their new upcoming album Fabula Magna. The album will be released via Massacre Records on 18 December.
At the beginning of this month, Coronatus went through another line up change as Ada Flechtner left the band to devote full attention to her studies. At the side of Carmen R. Lorch (formerly Carmen R. Schäfer), Coronatus' new frontwoman is Lisa Lasch, 19 years young. Her mother is also a singer and Lisa has been performing in musicals in her hometown. In her first concert appearances at the Metal Female Voice Festival on 18.10.2009 and at the Metalfest on 24.10.2009 Lisa surprised the audience with her very good full rocking voice.
As reported on the band's website last week already, Circus Maximus will now be entering the studio to start the pre-production of the next album, planned to be released late 2010. The band comments: "We are writing new stuff everyday and so far we have more or less 8 songs completed for the album and we can honestly tell you it sounds AMAZING! Can't wait to show you. We would like to thank everyone who have been supporting us throughout the years... you're the best!"
Canadian extreme metal outfit Kataklysm will be direct support to German thrash legends Kreator on their headlining North American tour this upcoming March, dubbed the "Hordes of Chaos Part II" tour.
Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono commented: "Growing up on thrash and speed metal, Kreator was always on the top of my playlist. I would call them the European Slayer! Well all of us in Kataklysm are fans so I can't express how happy we are to have been offered this tour with this legendary band! It's safe to say that we will be bringing a strong and heavy hitting set list. Let there be blood!"