The Dimebag Darrell tribute CD with tracks from Machine Head, Five Finger Death Punch, Zakk Wylde and more will come packaged with issue 200 of Metal Hammer - on sale December 16th.
Metal Hammer are honoured to pay tribute to the one and only Dimebag Darrell on December 16th. We've rounded up some of the biggest and best names from the world of metal to unleash their interpretations of the hardest and heaviest tracks from the Pantera back-catalogue.
The full tracklisting runs:
01. Zakk Wylde - Suicide Note, Pt. 1
02. Machine Head - Fucking Hostile
03. Malefice - I'm Broken
04. Avenged Sevenfold - Walk
05. Evile - Cemetery Gates
06. Five Finger Death Punch - A New Level
Varg has posted the following news item on burzum.org (excerpt):
"The coming album is called "Den Hvite Guden" (The White God) and is a musical and lyrical description of the the White God (alias Apollon, Baldr, Belenus, Belus, Bragi, Byelobog, Jarilo, et cetera) and the annual events of his life. I describe the stories of the myths like they could have been before they were myths, by presenting to You bits and pieces of the sorcery and religion of ancient Europe (more elaborately described in my unpublished book "Trolldom og Religion i Oldtidens Skandinavia" ). It is not intended for play the "low-brow metal" style, but instead I imagine a listener willing to sit down, ideally in solitude, and think for a minute, about the White God and our forebears, whether they were Picto-British, Finnish, Gallic, Greek, Roman, Scandinavian, Scytho-Slavic, Daco-Thrakian or whatever, and about their magnificent, intelligent, positive, beautiful, healthy and strong culture."
Kataklysm are in full writing mode at the moment for the follow-up to the Prevail album. The band have also confirmed the mixing duties for the next offering.
Guitarist Jean-François Dagenais comments: "I'm really excited to be deep into the writing process for the new Kataklysm album, the band is more focused than ever. This album will be different from Prevail, but will still have the classic Kataklysm trademarks and hooks. You will see a much more intricate record than we've done in the past. It will contain some really fast and dynamic parts, but we will also aim for a very melodic driven record and it will contain lots of technical parts as well that we haven't explored much lately. And no worries, the bone crushing grooves are always a must with Kataklysm and will be present. I've also seen Maurizio's lyrics for this album so far and let me tell you that they hit really hard. I know it's a very personal album to him as he is going through some tough times in his personal life. So I'm not worried about what he will bring to this record, so expect a very real, aggressive and determined Kataklysm album! We know we have set the bar high for ourselves, but we are confident to deliver the goods once again. On the production end I will handle the recording as usual, but for the mix we have decided to enlist Tue Madsen from Denmark. We feel he captured best the band's sound on In the Arms of Devastation. We feel it's a winning team and we're gonna make sure you have the best sounding record to date."
French metallers Destinity will release their forthcoming album, XI Reasons To See, on February 22, 2010 in Europe (March in the US) via Lifeforce Records.
The album was recorded at the Hansen Studios (Denmark) with Jacob Hansen (Destruction, Maroon, Hatesphere, Illdisposed).
Also a video teaser of XI Reasons To See can be viewed at this location.
XI Reasons To See cover art] tracklist:
01. Negative Eyes Control
02. Just Before...
03. A Dead Silence
04. Rule Of The Rope
05. To Touch The Ground
06. When They Stand Still
07. Got Smile Sticking
09. Your Demonic Defense
10. Self Lies Addiction
11. Silent Warfare
Legendary Sumerian black / thrash monsters Melechesh just announced the newest addition to their ranks - the band has finally found their new bass player.
Rahm who has sessioned during the last several festivals proved to be an excellent addition to the group's ranks.
Commented Rahm: "I am honored and proud to be the new bass player of the Mesopotamian metal band Melechesh. The last year I played 9 shows and I am ready for what is coming in the future. I think this is a big chance for me to do new things with excellent music and musicians!"
Commented Ashmedi: "After several shows with Rahm he proved to be a very good musician, and he has shown outstanding energy and positive attitude both on stage and off stage. And believe me offstage matters a lot when you are travelling and spending a lot of time together on the road. I am very glad he is a part of the Melechesh order."
Power metallers Kamelot have issued the following update:
"As Kamelot's concert schedule grows and commitments increase the demand on its members has also increased. Kamelot's guitarist Thomas Youngblood states "Glenn called me a few weeks ago and told me he just couldn't do it anymore, and has to step aside. He is like a brother to us and we've been through a lot of great times, so we wanted him to make this decision."
Bassist Sean Tibbetts has been on tour with Kamelot now for more than 2.5 years, stepping in for Glenn Barry while he took time off for family. We are very pleased to announce Sean Tibbetts as the new Kamelot bassist!"
Swedish metallers Dark Tranquillity have issued the following update on their official website:
"Right now, a mere 15 hours before planning to leave for the airport, we got informed by the promotor Unirock that the entire Turkish tour has been cancelled.
This is incredibly frustrating for us. Turkey is the home of some of the most passionate and devoted Dark Tranquillity fans on the planet, and we very much looked forward to the adventure of playing not only Istanbul but other cities as well.
We've spent lots of time and energy preparing for these shows; rehearsing, hiring crew, fixing merchandise and working out an enormous amount of practical and logistical details, and to see it all getting cancelled in the very last minute is extremely disappointing.
After the immense worldwide success following the release of our debut album in 2006 Ebony Veiled, that was reviewed as one of the best Doom Metal releases of the year, and as many of you already know, we have a new album coming up under Russian label StygianCrypt Productions entitled Solitary Impact. The album is still in the mixing/mastering process and should be ready soon!
Meanwhile, to give you a taste of the new album and what to expect, a new track "Bloody Tourniquet" has been uploaded on our official website and now available for download.
NJ Thrash legends Overkill have announced their signature 25th Anniversary tour entitled Killfest 2010. The tour will span the length of the US, hitting spots in Canada with one final show at New York City's Nokia Theater. Support duties coming from Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile and Woe Of Tyrants.
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth says: "The road never ends, and that's a good thing kids! We've all been tearing this up for over 25 years now and still going strong. April it starts again and this time it's Ironbound, live and in your face, let the games begin!"
The band's new record, Ironbound will be available on CD and vinyl, and is set for release on February 9, 2010. Ironbound celebrates the band's monumental 25-year anniversary.
Prosthetic Records has signed the UK's Dragged Into Sunlight to a worldwide recording contract. This marks the first signing of a UK act for the label, which will re-release the UK-based band's album, Hatred For Mankind, in April, 2010. The album, recorded by Tom Dring and Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Neurosis, Weedeater), was originally released in 2009 by Mordgrimm Records (Anaal Nathrakh, Covenant). The mysterious band, whose sound can be described as a mixture of black, death and doom metal, has shared the stage with acts such as Vader, Grief, Trap Them, Gama Bomb and Lazarus Blackstar.
The band, who appear masked in photos, play in near total darkness and smoke and do not publicize their individual names, commented about today's heavy music scene: "A few blastbeats, a scrawled logo and people accept it, regardless of the reality. Dragged Into Sunlight is a concept, we've taken the time to come up with our own understanding and presentation of what we want to see associated with extreme metal in 2009 and beyond."
US progressive power metallers Dark Arena are set to release Flowing Black, the band's sophomore album, in two weeks.
Flowing Black cover art] tracklist:
01. Sector 7
02. Eclipse of the Sun
03. 9 Days Below
04. Dark Crusade
05. The Holy Grail
06. Pax Et Bello
07. The Offering
08. Dirty Bomb
09. Another Day Gone By
10. Blind Leading the Blind
11. Flowing Black
"The Holy Grail", "Dirty Bomb", "Blind Leading the Blind" and "Eclipse of the Sun" are available for streaming at http://www.myspace.com/darkarena.
As Charred Walls Of The Damned prepare for their self-titled debut album out February 2nd 2010 - the group is gearing up for their official release by unleashing a "radio spot" created by Richard Christy (Death, Iced Earth, Control Denied, Acheron) himself. The "radio spot" that is being streamed as of tomorrow December 1st via the band's MySpace page features clips of the first single "Ghost Town", taken from the band's debut album, Charred Walls of the Damned.
"I am beyond excited about how the Charred Walls of the Damned album turned out. Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear), Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death, Testament, Iced Earth, Quo Vadis, Dragonlord) and Jason Suecof (Capharnaum, Crotchduster]) all did an amazing job and I can't wait for people to hear it! The songs are super heavy and melodic at the same time, and I think my fellow Metalheads will be pumped when they hear the album" comments drummer and founding member Richard Christy.