00:03 - Apothecary Jesus H. Christ, if the whole album is as good as this, then this is a definite AOTY contender [link]
23:57 - Erik M. [link] I'm laughing for at least a minute already at that rating system.
23:35 - Erik M. Zaphod, I can't believe that they are able to fuck up something like this, but they surely did. I ripped the CD twice to make sure it's not some weird setting that resulted in the fucked up sound.
Pitch Black Records announces the arrival of the debut album by local Cypriot act Prodigal Earth. Their style is melodic classic heavy metal with a touch of power and this promises to be one of the best metal albums to have ever come out of Cyprus; both in terms of production and in terms of composition.
The album, titled "Zenith II Zero", will be released in October 2008 and it includes 12 melodic heavy/power compositions characterized by an overall fresh sound as well as Nicholas Leptos' (Diphtheria, Arryan Path) charismatic voice. The album's cover and inlay artwork have been created by Thomas Ewerhard who is well known for his work with Therion, Jorn, Tankard, Vanden Plas and Hammerfall among others.
Pain will release its new album "Cynic Paradise" on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to "Psalms Of Extinction", which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner, features "eleven gems offering a vast variety of styles and influences which are even new for Pain," according to a press release. Nightwish singer Anette Olzon makes a guest appearance on two tracks, "Follow Me" and "Feed Us". The artwork was created by renowned artist Travis Smith (Amorphis, Opeth, Nevermore).
"Cynic Paradise" will be available as a limited-edition digipack including a bonus Cd.
Irish doom metallers Mourning Beloveth have posted the following statement:
"Forgive me Father it's been a while since my last confession and alot has happened in that time.
As you know by now the tour we had planned for March had to be cancelled and those who know us know the reasons why but we will not go in to them here. For a band who has never cancelled a gig, let alone a tour it was a big decision but one that had to be made.
The next few months should see us make up for that in some small way with a few festival dates followed by gigs in October in Italy and Belgium Facade Of Funeral Fest III]. The festival dates will see us play for the first time in Lithuania Ferrum Rust Festival] and Romania and we are really looking forward to it. July sees us play Day Of Darkness in Ireland for a record breaking fourth time and it will be the first airing of the new songs and if rehearsals are anything to go by it should be an intense experience.
The following message was posted on Norther's official website:
"Norther is taking a leap across the Atlantic Ocean, when the band's fifth full-lengt album "N" hits the stores on 2nd of September 2008 in Canada, aswell as in the US.
Norther's bass player comments: "We are more than thrilled due to the release of "N" in the North American territory! After a long and exciting wait, we are finally getting release dates outside Europe. We will also do a short one week tour in Canada in the end of September, which is really stirring, since is our first trip across the Atlantic!"
In Finland you can still catch up Norther's live condition by attending to show at Tavastia on 14th of August."
Metallica have announced the first leg of their upcoming North American tour:
"Time for a different sort of vacation... one right here on our home turf!! Now that "Death Magnetic" is complete, we're ready to start a proper indoor arena tour of the States and Canada and we can't wait to visit all of our 'Talli-fans here... it really has been too long (hey, what's four years amongst friends?).
Met Clubbers and Mission Metallica Platinum members will have first crack at 'em when tickets go on sale... dates, times and in general more on that later. But for now, we thought we would let you know where we'll be for the next couple of months... here's a complete list of cities and venues up through January 31, 2009!
Ocultan have posted the cover art online for the band's first DVD which is due to be released by Mutilation Productions in September. An image of the cover art can be found here.
In March, the Brazilian Black metal band signed with the Brazilian label Mutilation Records for the release of the "Ceremony Of Hate" DVD. The DVD was filmed during the band's live appearance on 10 May 2008, in Belo Horizonte/MG. The DVD will also contain an interview, and the band's history and discography.
Evile have officially been confirmed as a support act to Satyricon on their upcoming European Tour. The tour spreads widely throughout Europe including the UK, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Chile, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland=;
Check the list of dates on the Evile 'Gigs' section to see if there'll be a show near you, and please note Evile will be the openers for the night, and will therefore play EARLY so get there in good time if you want to see them!
Satyricon / (other band tbc) / Evile
19 - Rotterdam, Waterfront NL
20 - Amsterdam, Melkweg NL
21 - DE TBC !
22 - Rennes, Antipode FR
23 - Paris, Loco FR
24 - Birmingham, Barfly UK
Norwegian "trollish" metallers have posted a new song online, which is called "Trinkenvisen". It is one of their songs from the forthcoming third album "Villanden". The album is scheduled to be released at the end of this year via Omvina Records.
The song is also available as a video. You can listen and watch the video here.
"Upon returning home from their first European tour earlier this summer, in support of Napalm Death and Suffocation, Warbringer found itself one member short. While the group had just made touring bassist Ben Bennett official after six months of live shows together, since original bass player, Andy Laux, was still in high school, they now had to begin to replace then-drummer Ryan Bates after he informed them he wished to leave the band.
Fortunately, after putting a number of potential candidates through the wringer, the very talented Nic Ritter won the band over with his diverse and technical style. Ritter, 27, had been playing with progressive thrash act Prototype, a band whose song "The Way It Ends" was a bonus cut on Guitar Hero III, since relocating to LA from San Diego. He has also been keeping busy with his death/grind side-project, Bodybag Johnny. Warbringer's recent show in Mesa, Arizona was his first with the band and from all reports the group didn't miss a beat. You can catch a glimpse of his capabilities via the video here.
Sepultura invited the media for a first listen of their new album "A-Lex" inspired on the book "A Clockwork Orange". The album is scheduled for release in November 2008.
Recorded in São Paulo (Brazil) at Trama Studios and mixed at Mega Studios, "A-Lex" features 18 songs in 60 minutes total playtime and it's a milestone in Sepultura's career.
It's the first album recorded with drummer Jean Dolabella and it sounds different from any other work by Sepultura. As the band defines it, it was written and composed in record time because it's basically a recording of the studio jams during the period of 3 months.
English brutal death titans Mithras have left the following message:
"Following the recent search to fill the long vacant live drummer spot, Mithras have now chosen their man. Previous live drummer / guitarist Ben White (Of Orbeth) departed the band back in 2003 and through a chance meeting which led to an explosive audition, has returned to the fold and his old drum seat. To their relief, this puts the UK's revered extreme metal protagonists back on the circuit for live performances, something they have missed hugely and are keen to return to without delay.
Rayner Coss (oratory/bass) says of Ben's return: "It's great to have Ben, one of our former members back in the band; he knows the material fantastically and is perfect for the role. We auditioned him and he nailed 11 songs taken from all our albums right off the bat, so we're really excited and looking forward to getting on stage for some shows asap!"
The Melvins have announced an European tour in support of their new album, "Nude In Boots," recently released on Ipecac. The band will play an extensive series of tour dates across the continent, with more to be announced. Supporting acts will be Big Business and Porn. The band is currently on the American Summer 2008 Tour.
Confirmed Melvins European tour dates:
September 10, 2008 Cardiff, UK - The Point
September 11, 2008 Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
September 12, 2008 Gent, Belgium - Vooruit
September 13, 2008 Hamburg, Germany - Flakbunker (Uebel & Gefährlich)
September 14, 2008 Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
September 16, 2008 Berlin, Germany - Maria Am Ostbahnhof
"In the "Waste 'Em All" years, Municipal Waste developed a reputation that they are still living up to today. It was due to the early, insane live performances that set the bar for what people expect to see at a Waste show. Wind swept circle pits, 69 stage dives, wacky costumes, and pizza shark boogie bongs still show up whether the band plans it or not. Maybe it was just the off stage antics, excessive drinking, or the tendency to eat all the food out of an unsuspecting victim's fridge that sent the message that was (and still is) very clear: Municipal Waste is gonna fuck you up!
Now you can't rewrite history, but you can relive it on Friday, August 15th 2008 at Alley Katz in Richmond, VA. The Waste will be reuniting the "Waste 'Em All" lineup for one show as part of the 7th annual Best Friends Day Weekend. The lineup, which includes Brandon Ferrell on drums, Andy Harris on bass, Tony Foresta on vocals, and Ryan Waste on guitar, will be playing the "Waste 'Em All" album in it's entirety along with some other classic cuts.