17:04 - !J.O.O.E.! The production on that Candelabrum is not great. Unless you hate bass that is. You guys are weird. That's the type of thing I would skim over simply because it sounds like whoever made it has no finesse with production.
Swedish death metal act Nominon has issued the following update on the band's current activities:
"Some kick ass news: a shorter European trek is now under construction between late March and early April. Support will come from the fleshy German deathsters Lifeless, a band that just released a killer fucking debut album on IbexMoon Records. So what are you clubs and promoters waiting for?! Drop us a mail if you're interested to book this package. For more details and already confirmed dates, check Gigs!
Furthermore we have to reveal some sort of severe news as well, since it's now obvious that longtime Nominon member Christian "AntiChristian" Strömblad has been forced to lay his axe to rest for the time being due to some personal shit. Nominon collectively wishes Mr Strömblad all the best of luck and hope that everything will work out for the best. What we have accomplished and yet also what we've been going through during the last six years together is something that only a handful of people in the world would have managed to come out of alive, yet we fucking pulled it off.
After several months of recordings in Göteborg, Sweden and Nashville, TN, Sweden's most successful heavy metal band Hammerfall has finished recording the new album.
Guitarist Oscar Dronjak had the following to say: "That's it, the album recording is finally finished, over, done with! We had an absolute blast throughout this whole experience, and working with James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Sixx: A.M., Scorpions, Meat Loaf, Hillary Duff) was an incredible experience!
The goal was to have a lot of laughs while creating the strongest Hammerfall record to date, and I'd say we succeeded beyond even our own high expectations! It feels great to know that being in this band for fifteen years can feel this invigorating! We're super, super happy with the outcome, and I am sure our fans will be as well. It's going to be Hammerfall like you've never heard before, yet you will recognize the distinct qualities that makes us what and who we are. If Reinventing The Steel hadn't already been used, it would be the perfect title for this album!"
This May, UK-based John Blake Publishing will release Iron Maiden: In The Studio by music biographer Jake Brown (Motörhead, Heart, Rick Rubin, Tracii Guns).
Spanning the band's entire 30 year catalog, the writing and recording of such classic albums as Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind, Brave New World and The Final Frontier, and hits as "2 Minutes to Midnight", "Wasted Years", "Can I Play with Madnesss", "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter", "The Wicker Man", "The Trooper", "Run To The Hills", "Powerslave" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name" among countless others is chronicled.
"The Great Escape", a brand-new track from Finnish battle metal warriors Turisas, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at Decibel Magazine.
The title track off the band's highly anticipated new album is still available as a free download at this location.
"The Great Escape" comes off the band's upcoming new album Stand Up And Fight, which will be released at the end of February in Europe and on March 8th in North America through Century Media Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Guitarist Mikko Salovaara of Finnish power metal band Kiuas has issued the following update on the recent line-up changes:
"As our loyal followers (that's you!) are well aware, vocalist Ilja Jalkanen left the band to pursue other interests. However, it is not only Ilja who has been pondering the balance between Kiuas and other areas in their lives. Markku Näreneva (drums) duties as a parent and medical doctor have grown to the point where it is impossible for him to continue giving his total dedication to the band. Atte Tanskanen has found his passion with flying and after graduating from the Finnish Aviation Academy he has spent most of his time in the mile high club (and steering the aircraft as well every now and then).
Matthew "Blaps Warmonger" Hall, lead singer of New Zealand death metal band Backyard Burial, was murdered earlier this week.
A massive police hunt has been launched for the killer of a man who was the victim of a "ferocious" stabbing attack at his Wellington home. The body of Matthew John Hall, 35, was found in his Johnsonville flat about 6.15pm on Tuesday.
Police said that an autopsy showed he died of multiple stab wounds following a "ferocious" attack while he was in bed.
Tributes to Mr Hall have been left on the band's Facebook page, with one saying he was "head brewer, scholar, vocalist and best friend to many".
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton said he had "no doubt" someone had seen a person or people either enter or leave Mr Hall's property and called for any witnesses to come forward. Police were in the early stages of their enquiries and spent much of today speaking to Mr Hall's friends, family and associates, Mr Thornton said. He added: "As part of the investigation we have profiled Matthew's background, where he worked, all his friends and associates and we are taking that into consideration."
011, the new fantasy board game from Scribabs featuring members of Therion will be released later this year... Wait, what?
The game 011, dubbed "An adventure by Therion", is designed by Marco Valtriani and based on a novel by Paolo Vallerga. The back-story can be read here (scroll down for English).
Commented mainman Christofer Johnsson: "Paulo Vallerga from the famous game developer Scribabs approached the band at the show in Milano last year with this great idea of making a fantasy boardgame based upon the stage characters mixed with mythology. And we instantly thought it was the coolest thing we've heard in ages and loved the idea! The name of the game is 011 and you will find me and the rest of Therion appearing as even more fantastic characters than we are in reality!"
And So Fell The Last Leaves..., the sophomore full-length from French progressive one-man band Derelict Earth, is scheduled for release in March. The new album, the follow-up to 2010's Sins of the Siblings, is currently in the final mixing and mastering stages.
An out-taken ballad that didn't make it onto the album, originally called "Black Chrysanthemum", can be streamed at this location. More info about Derelict Earth on MySpace.
And So Fell The Last Leaves... cover art] tracklist:
01. We, Experiment of God
02. No More Sunset
03. The Locust Culture
04. At the Nadir of Men
05. Carnal Transcendance
06. Scars of Truth
07. Awaiting the Heat Death
08. And So Fell the Last Leaves...
"Killing Inside", a brand new track from Cavalera Conspiracy (the project featuring former Sepultura members Max (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums), is available for free download at this location (e-mail sign-up required).
"Killing Inside" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Blunt Force Trauma, which will be released on March 28 via Roadrunner Records. More details about Blunt Force Trauma were previously reported over here.
"Blunt Force Trauma", another brand-new song from Cavalera Conspiracy, is available for streaming at this location.
Rammstein announced they will bring their epic live show to 9 cities in North America throughout the month of May.
The Berlin-based six-piece band, who immediately sold out two exclusive performances last December at the Bell Centre in Montreal and the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City, have not toured in North America since 2001.
Commented guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe: "We have waited 10 long years for the perfect opportunity to bring our full show to North America. The time is now and we are excited to share this with our fans who have waited for so long."
"Timeless Machine", a brand-new track from Belgian thrashers After All, has been made available for streaming at this location.
"Timeless Machine" comes off the band's upcoming new limited edition EP Becoming The Martyr, which will be available from the After All merch booth during the Killfest 2011 European tour with Overkill, Destruction and Heathen.
Becoming The Martyr features 3 brand new tracks as well as 2 more tracks from the Cult Of Sin album, re-recorded with the new After All line-up. The EP was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at the infamous Unisound Studios in Örebro, Sweden.
Bay Area thrashers Heathen will be replacing Deströyer 666 on the upcoming North American Reckoning Tour headlined by German thrash metallers Destruction.
Deströyer 666 will be unable to travel due to guitarist/vocalist Keith (K.K. Warslut)'s upcoming surgery for a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).
Bassist & vocalist Schmier comments on the new touring bill, which still includes Warbeast from Texas: "Destruction wishes Keith a safe and quick recovery! In the meantime, we are really happy to announce their old friends Heathen as a replacement for Deströyer 666! These Bay Area thrashers are one of my favorite thrash bands of all time and we will be sharing the European stages with them in some weeks on the Killfest Tour. It's fantastic to have an opportunity to tour with old friends on both sides of the globe! German & Bay Area Thrash together on tour - how much more kick-ass can it get?! I can't wait to hit the road again now, hope to see you all out there!"