So, according to the website of the Westboro Baptist Church - cleverly titled godhatesfags.com - the nutjobs kind people of the WBC are planning on picketing Ozzy Osbourne concert tonight at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. With this "peaceful sidewalk demonstrations" the WBC wants to inform everyone that "God hates Ozzy Osbourne". Aha.
The Westboro Baptist Church - a Kansas-based congregation made up mostly of reverend Fred Phelps and his inbred huge family - claims that, "Ozzy promotes all the filth and rebellion he can and has the gall to call the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ "evil" for warning this doomed world?"
Last October the Westboro Baptist Church used lyrics from one of Ozzy's songs at events surrounding the October 6, 2010 Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court hearing. An attorney - a daughter of the church's founder, along with her sister - paraphrased lyrics from Osbourne's "Crazy Train" at a post-Supreme Court hearing press conference in Washington, DC. "I am sickened and disgusted by the use of "Crazy Train" to promote messages of hate and evil by a "church"," Ozzy responded.
Metal Storm received the following update on Iced Earth.
On January 24th, Iced Earth joins 39 other metal bands from around the world on the four-day 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise - and promises one hell of a show.
"I'm excited," said Iced Earth founder Jon Schaffer. "We've been looking forward to this for months. This is our first show of 2011 so we intend to go balls-to-the-wall and make some of our own waves in the Caribbean."
Drummer Brent Smedley and lead guitarist Troy Seele agree. "We are so excited about the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise," Smedley said. "So many great bands all in one place! Also, we look forward to hanging out with all of the fans. What better way to start the new year than with TONS of METAL, 2,000 fans, and 24/7 bars. Let the Metal flow, cruise-ship style!"
Hypersonic, the young symphonic metal band hailing from Sicily, Italy, has signed with Underground Symphony Records to release their debut effort, Fallen Melodies, on Janaury 31st.
Fallen Melodies features the beautiful voice of singer Alessia Rapisarda and offers typical melodic metal with power, gothic and AOR influences. The album also features a guest appearance by vocalist Jo Lombardo (Metatrone, Orion Riders).
The band's first single, "Rebirth", is streaming on MySpace.
Fallen Melodies cover art] tracklist:
01. The Last Apocalypse
02. My Spirit Free
04. Winter Melodies
05. Wheels Of Fire
06. A Lovely Creature
07. A Beautiful Dream
09. Atlantis Treasure
Polish technical death metallers Decapitated are working on a new album. Guitarist, and only remaining founder of the band, Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka issued the following short update:
"I can already say that we have half an hour of material and work is going very fast. You can expect as usual, album completely different than previous releases... but not as that different. We will begin recording in February."
An update on the new Decapitated album? Yes please!
It seems the Polish technical death metallers will be entering RG Studio in Gdansk, Poland on February 9th to start recording their fifth studio album.
The as-yet-to-be-titled new album will be produced by Wacław Kiełtyka and engineered by Malta Arkadiusz Malczewski. Meanwhile, drums will be recorded with Daniel Bergstrand (Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir), who will also be handling mixing duties.
Italian power metal band Drakkar have been busy working on a new album When Lightening Strikes which has now entered its mixing stage. No further details have been give though you can in the meantime feast your eyes on the band's album artwork done by Alessandro Bragalini.
When Lightening Strikes is the band's fourth studio effort and it comes after an eight year wait since the release of their last studio album, Razorblade God. Subsequent information and news will be posted on the band's official website.
Italian Prog metal band Twinspirits have unveiled details about their upcoming studio effort titled Legacy. The album is scheduled to be released on 18th February 2011. The band goes ahead to break down the album as follows:
Legacy is divided in 2 main parts. In the first part we have 6 powerful straight ahead songs, still being progressive in nature and with a more direct feel to them than has been heard from the band before. The second part of the album is a multi-suite movement, "The Endless Sleep", divided in 5 songs (symphonic intro + 4 songs) that is more like an album within an album being very theatrical and visionary.
02. Pay For Their Art
Artillery, the thrash metal band from Denmark, revealed the cover artwork and tracklist of their forthcoming album My Blood. The follow up to the highly acclaimed When Death Comes from 2009 was recorded in late 2010 at the Medley Studios. The cover artwork was designed by the well known Polish graphic designer Graal known from his previous work for bands such as Vital Remains, Sinister, Solitude Aeternus and Bulldozer. Graal was also responsible for the covers of Artillery's Through The Years and When Death Comes.
Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for 14th March in Japan (via Kings Records), 21st March in Europe, 5th April in USA (via MVD). The album will be released as a jewel case CD and as a digipak CD including 2 bonus tracks. Japanese edition of the album will include an exclusive bonus track which won't be available elsewhere.
Avenged Sevenfold recently posted this on their website:
We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our long time studio drum tech, Mike Fasano, recommended Arin Ilejay. We've rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have.
Thanks for your never ending support. It means the world to us.
See you on the Nightmare After Christmas.
Arin Ilejay is also the ex-drummer of the band Confide.
Obscura has posted the first preview track, "Septuagint", from their highly-anticipated new album Omnivium online now via the band's MySpace and Facebook pages. Omnivium, the follow-up to the band's acclaimed Cosmogenesis album, will see its North American release on March 29th on CD, double LP, and digitally.
29/03/2011 - US
01/04/2011 - Germany / Belgium / The Netherlands / Luxembourg
04/04/2011 - worldwide
We formerly reported the revealing of the new artwork. That can be found here.
Jim Matheos, guitarist and only remaining founding member of Fates Warning, and John Arch, the original vocalist of the band, are currently working together on a new full-length album that will be released in late spring/early summer via Metal Blade Records. The new band, called Arch/Matheos, began tracking the drums on January 12 and will continue to record through mid February with both John Arch and Jim Matheos producing the album.
Arch/Matheos features an all-star lineup including the talents of Joey Vera on bass (Armored Saint, Anthrax, Fates Warning, Seven Witches), Bobby Jarzombek on drums (Halford, Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Riot), and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar (Fates Warning).
Following their triumphant West Coast tour this past December, Pacific Northwest metal band Agalloch will be embarking on a long-awaited East Coast run in support of their critically acclaimed album "Marrow Of The Spirit", one of the most celebrated metal releases of 2010. Likewise, Profound Lore Records recording artists Worm Ouroboros (also featuring Agalloch and Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker) will serve as direct support to Agalloch on the tour.
Agalloch guitarist Don Anderson commented: "After seven years we are pleased to announce that we are returning to the East Coast for a series of performances with our good friends and fellow Profound Lore recording artists Worm Ouroboros. We'll also be playing dates in both select areas of the South and Canada. The last time we played on the East Coast was in February of 2004 with The Gathering and Novembers Doom. People can catch ongoing updates on the upcoming tour via our official Facebook page."
Norwegian doom metal band Syrach parted ways with drummer Adam Suleiman in October of 2010. The band has now issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer.
We are proud to announce the new addition to the Syrach crew. Jan Åge has decided to join our ranks, and will from now on take on the drumming. Jan Åge comes from the band Temple Sleep and has also toured together with Octavia Sperati amongst others.
We will also like to thank all the others for coming in for rehearsals and trying out. You have all been great, but there was really no doubt when the time to choose came.
We will now focusing on rehearsing the new material, so that we can start recording a new and great doom album, with the brand new line-up. All songs are made, but will now be shaped into the great Syrachian style! We will be ready to take on gigs as well, if anything comes along. So all; wish Jan Åge a warm and doomed welcome!