According to a press release from Arcane Promotions, Nocturnus will be touring their legendary "The Key" album later this year with their classic line-up from that period. Support will come from Violated (SWE), Punish (CH), Memorial (DK) and Slither (SWE)
So far the following dates have been announced:
Oct. 14 - Copenhagen, DEN - The Rock
Oct. 15 - Hamburg, GER - Hafenklang
Oct. 16 - Hengelo, NED - Metropol
Oct. 17 - Rotterdam, NED - Baroeg
Oct. 18 - London, GBR - Electrowerkz
Oct. 19 - Birmingham, GBR - The Asylum
Oct. 20 - TBA
Oct. 21 - TBA
Oct. 22 - Pratteln, SUI - Z7
Oct. 23 - Wien, AUT - Viper Room
Oct. 24 - Milano, ITA - Zoe Club
Oct. 25 - Giebelstadt, GER - Bringer Of Death Fest XVI
Wastefall have announced its decision to disband. Here's the official statement:
"The band's situation has not been really good the past few months, since Alexander was studying in Crete (island of Greece) far away from Athens. We did renew our contract with Intromental Management this year and after this we would have had the opportunity to play at ProgPower Scandinavia in October 2008. Our drummer Kostis passed the examinations and he will have to leave Greece this summer for a few years, since he will study in a musical university in England, so we found a professional session drummer to help us for this live show. Also Domenik has moved to Germany since 2007 and although he was doing all he could, it was not easy for us to handle our obligations. The band was spread out and it was difficult for all of us to organize our priorities in any way required. We were also in a very difficult economic situation and it was then that Alexander decided to leave Wastefall.
Unearth have completed work on their new album, which will be titled "The March," and will be released on October 14th via Metal Blade Records.
"The March" was recorded at both Massachusetts' System Recording Studios and Zing Studios with producer Adam Dutkiewicz. The effort is said to feature Unearth's "most dynamic material to date, combining strong tension and release, abundant guitar solos and a bulldozing power-groove.
Frontman Trevor Phipps comments: "'The March' symbolizes both the evil and hopeful sides of humanity. The Evil: With the constant balancing act of power within government, religion and our financial institutions, there lies the chance of those most hungry for power to alter and restrict our freedoms for their gain. The Hopeful: This represents the faith in mankind as the most powerful force on the planet. If we come together and do not fight over religion, class and borders then we hold the key to a peaceful world. There are two possible futures in store; either a March of power and greed or a March of a unified human race."
Florida Black Metal band Kult ov Azazel have updated their website with the following message:
"We were originally asked and prepared to do the Horna tour that many have been emailing about. There have been numerous bulletins and news sources on the internet stating we are on the tour. However, this is not the case.
We had to reschedule our studio time from August to October. We are now entering Mana Studio in Tampa, FL to record the next album titled "Destroying The Sacred" from October 28 thru November 11.
This not only put an end to us doing the Horna tour but also a few one offs that we had been offered. Rest assure, once the new album is recorded we will turn our focus to touring/regional shows and destroying all with force!"
German metallers Heaven Shall Burn invite their fans to come out to their show on September 12th, 2008 in Vienna's "Gasometer" club, which will be recorded for their first official DVD release.
The band provides more detailed info:
"Vienna Calling! Be part of our DVD! Get your free tickets! We're about to plan the release of our very first official DVD! Furthermore, we're celebrating our 10th anniversary this year, so we thought about doing something special!
We will play a show on September 12th in Vienna under the slogan "1000 years of HSB" to do some exclusive live-recordings. We invited some good friends to join us: Maroon and Dew-Scented will share the stage with us! The concert will be the opening night of the brand-new club "Gasometer" in Vienna and the great thing is we will get you in for free!!! As of now till the 31st of August you can order your free tickets. All you have to do is head over to www.planet.tt, click "12. 9. METAL OPENING" and continue!
"Cavalera Conspiracy has been deemed an "inappropriate" band to perform with Judas Priest on their Priest Feast 2008 tour dates in Australia and New Zealand, and have thusly been forced to cancel their appearance at the previously announced tour dates in the southern Pacific.
Although Cavalera Conspiracy (featuring Max and Iggor of the legendary Sepultura) had several amazing and successful dates with their brothers in Priest throughout Eastern Europe, apparently the band has been deemed too inflammatory to open for Priest in Australia and NZ..
So, with that said, this post is an apology to the fans in the Australia and New Zealand for the cancellations. The Cavalera brothers will be back soon (..hopefully with a more reasonably priced tour...)!"
Aura Noir are about to return with undoubtedly their finest & ugliest offering yet with new album "Hades Rise". The follow-up to 2004's hit "The Merciless" is due for release on August 25th & features guest appearances by Danny Coralles (Abscess/Autopsy) & former guitarist Blasphemer. Head over to the following minisite for audio tracks, release info & more.
The tracklisting is as follows:
01. Hades Rise
02. Gaping Grave Awaits
03. Unleash The Demon
04. Pestilent Streams
05. Schitzoid Paranoid
07. Shadows Of Death
08. Iron Night/Torment Storm
09. South American Death
10. The Stalker
Check out the tracks "Gaping Grave Awaits" and "Shadows Of Death" at the bottom of Peaceville's Hades Rise page here.
Mariusz Duda, Riverside's singer and bass player, together with fellow musicians, has just finished working on his solo album, "Lunatic Soul." The release date has been set for October 13th, 2008. The album will be released on the British label Snapper Music, more specifically - Kscope, known for having released the earlier albums of Porcupine Tree, and presently producing Anathema and No-Man. In Poland on Mystic Production. On the "Lunatic Soul" album you will find 10 atmospheric tracks making up 47 minutes of music.
Mariusz Duda: "I touched upon a vital subject on this record, namely... death. What came out of this was a conceptual journey to the world beyond full of reflections on transience and all we may want to leave after we pass (if we want to leave anything). In the sphere of music, it will be intriguing. I would call those sounds oriental-alternative, not really having anything in common with progressive rock. An interesting fact is that there is no electric guitar here at all."
UK Death Metal band Benediction have posted a preview page for their upcoming album "Killing Music" at this location. Check out two brand new tracks from the album, called "Killing Music" and "They Must Die Screaming", as well as other information about the band.
"Killing Music" will be released on August, 22nd. The limited edition digipak will contain a bonus DVD with a studio report and some dirty live tunes. Nuclear Blast will also re-release the previous six albums of Benediction on August, 8th. Three packages, each with two albums in a noble super jewelcase with loads of bonus material.
Kobi Farhi, vocalist of Israel's Orphaned Land has posted the following statement regarding the status of the band's highly anticipated follow-up to 2004's much celebrated "Mabool" album as well as their participation in the upcoming new documentary by Sam Dunn ("Metal: A Headbanger's Journey") "Global Metal":
"Hello to all the orphans out there! We are happy to inform you that the writing process of our long awaited album "The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR" is about to end soon, we have more than 90 minutes of written music. We don't like to repeat ourselves, so do not expect a "Mabool Vol. 2"! Of course, the female vocals and the oriental instruments will be there as always, but "ORwarriOR" is different and I can say for sure that it is more extreme, powerful and less progressive. Still, like all our albums, it is Orphaned Land and you'll all notice that. Watch out for the first single, which is the opener of the album called: "Sapari"!
Megadeth's webmaster has issued the following update after a call to Dave Mustaine:
"So... I was talking to my beloved master tonight on the phone and he wanted me to let you all know that things are moving along oh so well with the brand new studio! The project is in its initial phases... large warehouse type deal... slowly converting into part deluxe recording studio... pre production... start recording new album in Fall!
Dave is quite psyched about this studio and getting the band in, and everyone else involved to lay down some tracks and put out the next stellar Megadeth album! Ahh yes, life is good."
German metallers Axel Rudi Pell will release their new album, entitled "Tales Of The Crown", on October 24th in Germany (October 27th in the rest of Europe and October 28th in US/Canada) via SPV Records.
SPV press release:
"With an impressive seventeen releases in 19 years, the Axel Rudi Pell Band counts among the most consistent, lasting and creative acts in the whole of Europe. Very few German guitarists can point to as long and successful a career as the musician from Bochum, whose unmistakable signature marks not only his characteristic guitar style, but also his compositional skills. 27 October 2008 (Germany: 24 October 2008) will see the arrival of his eighteenth offering, "Tales Of The Crown", a haunting studio album featuring ten brand-new compositions. "Our fans will get just the kind of songs they have come to know and expect from me and my band", says Pell, adding, "plus a few little innovations". Axel Rudi Pell is referring to the contemporary touch which some of his latest tracks feature, mainly in terms of rhythm. "But don't worry, these modern approaches are only gradual and don't affect the typical flair of my songs".
WarCry have announced the title and the tracklist of their upcoming new album on their official website. The album will be called "Revolución" and the tracklist goes as follows:
01. La Última Esperanza
02. El Cazador
03. Nada Como Tu
04. La Carta Del Adiós
05. Invierno En Mi COrazón
07. La Prisión Invisible
08. La Vida En Un Beso
09. El Camino
10. Absurda Falsedad
11. Devorando El Corazón
Judas Priest have confirmed live dates for Mexico and Argentina.
Oct. 27 - Monterrey, Mexico - Arena Monterrey
Oct. 29 - Guadalajara, Mexico - VFG Arena
Oct. 30 - Puebla, Mexico - Auditorium Siglo XXI
Oct. 31 - Mexico City, Mexico - Sportspalace
Nov. 03 - Columbia, Bogota - Palacio Deportes
Nov. 06 - Santiago, Chile - Arena
Nov. 08 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Luna Park
Nov. 12 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Teatro Bourbon
Nov. 14 - Rio De Janiero, Brazil- Citibank Hall
Nov. 15 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credit Card Hall
Nov. 16 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credit Card Hall
Still more dates for Central and South America will be announced soon.
Finally! After so many rumors, after so many tours in other countries, after so many delays due to festivals and programming issues, Carcass will do one special gig in Mexico City.
September-16-2008 is a date that must be on every mexican calendar pinned with blood and guts, the masters of Goregrind, the pioneers of Melodeath and the true kings of extreme metal have announced a date in Mexico City, the gig will take place at "El Circo Volador", the flyer is not ready yet, but at least we have a date now.