On April 29th & April 30th, 2011 the leading death metal festival of Europe will once again come to the 013 venue in Tilburg, Netherlands. The Neurotic Deathfest organization earlier confirmed heavywheight acts such as Autopsy, At The Gates, Exhumed, Misery Index and Decapitated. This time there are seven more names, including exclusive performances by Hate Eternal, Obscura, Magrudergrind and Beheaded.
Hate Eternal, the American hyper-death metal formation of Erik Rutan will be present again on the Neurotic Deathfest, ever since their crushing performance on the festival in 2008. The German technical death metal ensemble Obscura, who were seen as one of the best newcomers on Neurotic Deathfest 2009 will return in 2011 as well. Other bands to be confirmed are: Beheaded from Malta, who will perform a special 20th anniversary set, slam-death machine Vulvectomy from Italy, the grind hit of the moment Magrudergrind from the US, the Canadian deathsters of Beneath The Massacre and the Dutch band Antropomorphia. This last act might be unknown to many younger fans, but this band received quite some praise in the nineties with their album Necromantic Love Songs and are recently reformed.
Accept, Kreator, In Extremo, Hate and Imperium Dekadenz are the latests confirmed acts to appear on the 2011 edition of the Metal Camp Festival, taking place on July 11-17, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.
Also Wintersun, Amorphis, Kalmah, Moonspell and Arkona were confirmed earlier. The full line-up can be found at this location. The Metal Camp festival grounds can harbor 12.000 metalheads - ticket info is available here.
Last May, Acheron founder Vincent Crowley announced that the underground cult US Black Death metal band was calling it quits and would not be doing any more recordings or shows.
It was a surprise to both fans and band members alike, considering Acheron had just released a well received album called The Final Conflict: Last Days Of Gods, filmed their first official music video for "I Am Heathen" and was on the verge of doing a slew of other projects, which included another studio recording, a dvd release and a variety of shows and festival dates. So what happened to cause the band's break-up?
It seems that a lot of things went down before the shit finally hit the fan. Crowley states: "There is too much involving the whole reason for the band's demise. All I can say is that there were a lot of misunderstandings, including a lack of communication and some actions that were done. The end result of it all pretty much killed my will to continue the band. "
French/Swedish progressive metal/math metal/djent act Uneven Structure have released a 7,5 minute preview of their upcoming debut album Februus, available for viewing below. According to the band, this part is situated in the middle of the first half of the album. Februus will be released somewhere in 2011.
The band's EP's, entitled When The Day Forms and 8 are still available for free download over at the band's MySpace page, and here.
Belgian death metallers Aborted are still working on a new full-length album, the follow-up to 2008's Strychnine.213. The band has released the following statement regarding the progress on that yet to be titled new album, which will be released later this year:
"2011 is going to be an important year for the band, we have a lot of things cooking and cannot wait to share them with all of you medical deviants out there!
Good news is that we are starting pre-productions for our upcoming record on January 4th. This means we will demo all the songs for the record, make sure everything sounds good and make the necessary adjustments to make sure they are all more lethal than a chainsaw in Mr. Leatherface's hands. We're all very excited about the material thus far and can't wait to get this over with and proceed to the actual recordings later this year. Expect a fall 2011 release through our culprates in mayhem Century Media.
Independent musicians, graphic artists, and a computer graphics demogroup have collaborated on a grand scale multimedia tribute to drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater, ex-Avenged Sevenfold, ex-Liquid Tension Experiment), in celebration of over a quarter of a century of highly influential musicianship.
Mike Portnoy's early investment into the internet, as well as his relationship with the global fan base, created a fad-transcending musical community that continues to grow past the post quarter century mark. Mike Portnoy has always possessed a strong commitment to bringing a diverse lineup of "under the radar" support bands on the road. These tours introduced hundreds of thousands to some truly genre-defining music, and inspired a new generation with music that would have otherwise remained outside the public view.
Swedish progressive metal band Cloudscape have issued the following update on the band's forthcoming album, New Era:
"Cloudscape is very excited about 2011 considering they'll release their fourth album to be entitled New Era. All songs are now written and the band is making plans with their management. Cloudscape will most likely enter the studio during the first months of 2011. Cloudscape have as you may know went through a few member changes (new drummer, new bassist, new guitarist, ed.) and it's been 2.5 years since the release of Global Drama so, the band is happy to say that all wounds are healed and the band is back in the saddle more inspired than ever."
In other news, vocalist Mike Andersson's other band, Full Force, have uploaded a new song to be included on their debut album to be released also in 2011. The track "None Of Your Concern" can be heard here.
The Swedish/Finnish and now also Brazilian melodic metal band Divinefire are back and will release their 5th studio album called Eye Of The Storm in late March 2011 in Japan and in April for the rest of the world.
The big news is the new line-up of Divinefire. The band is now fronted by two vocalists Christian Liljegren (Golden Resurrection) and German Pascual (Mind's Eye) and both vocalists have fronted the loved melodic neoclassical metal band Narnia who did their last concert at Christmas Rocknacht December 3, 2010.
Together with guitarist and composer Jani Stefanovic, Divinefire are complete and will deliver an exploding metal album called Eye Of The Storm. Sound clips from the new album will soon be available at MySpace. A short teaser video is already available below.
French atmospheric doom metal trio Ixion have signed with Avantgarde Music for the release of their upcoming album To the Void, tentatively planned for release at the end of february 2011.
To the Void will feature 10 new tracks for a total lenght of 56 minutes. The opening track of the album, called "Beyond The Skies", as well as an album medley are uploaded on the band's MySpace profile.
The band stated: "We are very happy about this partnership and to be part of the new era of this well-known label."
Avantgarde Music released the following statement: "Ixion from France was the first band we add to, what we like to call, our "new era" roster. And "why signing Ixion...?" (YES, there will always be a reason now and on to sign a band and not just "things that happen"...), well basically because we liked a lot their overall atmosphere, the whole mood, the sound design in its integrity and not only for the detail (something you can't catch from the one song preview we have posted here).
Midas Fate, the progressive metal band led by guitarist Vitor Campos and featuring ex-Masterplan/ex-Riot vocalist Mike DiMeo, has uploaded two new tracks off their upcoming single What Dreams May Come. Check out "Liars In The Name Of Faith" and "History Repeats Itself" on the band's MySpace page.
January 25th, 2011 will see the worldwide release of the new Midas Fate single, What Dreams May Come. The release was mixed by Paulo Brancaccio at Diesel Studio and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studio.
What Dreams May Come cover art] tracklist:
01. What Dreams May Come
02. Liars In The Name Of Faith
03. History Repeats Itself (exclusive single track)
Back in November, the news came out that drummer Jörg Michael (ex-Rage, ex-Running Wild, ex-Saxon, ex-Mekong Delta) was diagnosed with cancer. The current Stratovarius drummer now checked in with the following message:
"Dear All, this is Jörg speaking, finally.
I hope this message finds everybody well and everybody is in an easy-peasy Christmas mood already. The first leg of the European tour with Helloween is over - time to have a few words with you.
First of all, let's not forget the brilliant emergency rescue action and playing of Alex Landenburg (Axxis, Mekong Delta, At Vance), thanx again for all what you did for the fans, the band and also for me.
Surely I hate the idea of somebdy is sitting on "my chair" but this special action needed some special treatment and I am proud and happy that it was you, Alex. Thanx again, we'll get together for a real drink, not like these other Scandinavian pussies in the band
Ah, Christmas. That most wonderful time of the year when the Metal Storm Staff is locked up in their sacred Staff Towers, totally focused on picking this year's nominees for the MS Awards - a Herculean undertaking which usually involves a lot of bitching and moaning and drawing guns at each other. Isn't Christmas just magical?
Anyway, have some schnapps on the house, and enjoy this holiday edition of the Greatest Metal Video Ever... Series!
Medeia - Antichristmas
Everybody and their mom knows that Christmas is just as metal as Jari Mäenpää is the most reliable person in the entire scene... which is why Medeia released the most anti-cliche, anti-fluffy, and batshit insane anti-Christmas video in the history of time and space... which is why there'll be no presents for Christmas for them. Ha!