German power metallers Paragon will release their new album, "Screenslaves", on November 14th via Massacre Records. The album was produced by Uwe Lullis (ex-Grave Digger, Rebellion) at Black Solaris Studio in Frankfurt.
06. The Blade In The Dark
07. Death Next Door
08. The Killing Hand
10. Larger Than Life Video]
11. L' Eredita
12. Screenslaves Video
A few weeks ago, Thorns mastermind Snorre Ruch has posted the following update:
"We are in the process of recording our second album now. We are working in Oera Studio here in Trondheim with Jostein Ansnes and a couple of other good technicians. We started recording drums on September 1. and will start recording guitars and bass the coming week. Vocals will be recorded in a separate session later this fall, and we will use some time with additional instruments and recordings to accompany the basic instrumentation. We hope to deliver the master to Moonfog before Christmas and that the album will be out first quarter of 2009.
We are proud to say that we have 10 great songs written by myself and Jon Wesseltoft. Lyrics are mainly written by Aldrahn. The material on this album is mostly harder, darker and more energetic than on the 2001 album. Gratification guarantied!!"
Celesty have finished the recordings of their fourth studio album. The mixing of the album will begin in November/December after the renovation of the studio is finished. Meanwhile the band is furiously rehearsing the new material for their upcoming live shows.
"The recordings were completed without any major problems and we're happy to announce the new album will sound extremely massive and bombastic! The mixing process will be a serious challenge for Samu Oittinen of Fantom Studio since the songs have so many tracks - in fact, we're getting close to the Finnish record of amount of tracks on an album!", says Jere Luokkamäki, the drummer of Celesty.
The new album will feature eleven tracks and over sixty minutes of music.
German Gothic metallers Coronatus have announced their new CD "Porta Obscura" is finished. Coronatus are back from Helsinki, where in the Finvox Studios Mika Jussila finally mastered the new album. A small image of how the cover art will look like can be found here. "Porta Obscura" will be released on 14th november 2008 through Massacre Records. The record release party is going to take place in the Schwimmbadclub, Heidelberg (Germany) on the same day, together with Midnattsol.
Antigama have entered the studio this weekend to record their as-yet-untitled fifth full length, and second album for Relapse Records.
"Resonance" follow-up is being recorded in their hometown Warsaw at Progresja Sound, again with outstanding producer Szymon Czech (Third Degree, Nyia, Vesania, Unsun). The session will take about two weeks and mixing will follow shortly after. The record will see an early 2009 international release date.
After crucial line-up changes that the band went through couple months ago Antigama's guitarist Sebastian Rokicki promises their new album will be the best and landmark release in whole band's career.
"We just recorded our new album "Thirst" coming out on December 19th via AFM-Records! The new album was produced again by Andy Classen at his Stage One Studio! More details about "Thirst" you will find the next days in this section!"
In other news the band had to cancel two French live dates in October. Tankard commented: "We are very very sorry to inform you that we have to cancel both our shows in Paris and Marseille/France on october 3rd and 4th. Reason: The premature twins of our guitarist Andi are very sick. His little son Jannis will even have another dangerous surgery in Hannover 350 km from Frankfurt away next week so there's no way that we can play those concerts. We hope to play shows next year instead. If we have more news about this we'll inform you here. Sorry but this is a serious emergency."
Guitarist Phil Fasciana of the long-running Florida extreme metallers Malevolent Creation has issued the following update:
"I know it has been some time since we have said much or updated things lately, but finally there are European tour dates posted on our MySpace page and there are more coming!!!!!
Also, after much consideration and long talks between the three original bandmembers of Malevolent Creation (Brett Hoffmann - vokills; Jason Blachowicz - bass; Phil Fasciana - lead guitar) we have to decided to stop fucking around!!!!
Just like all bands, we to have had our share of personal problems that have delayed things a bit. But we have to decided to continue touring around the world and after we return from our headlining tour of Europe with support from the mighty Vital Remains and our friends from Florida Wykked Wytch in December, we will start the pre-production for a shitload of new Malevolent Creation songs for our 11th full-length studio release.
Noah Martin has issued the following statement in regards to stepping down from his bass-playing duties in Arsis:
"Well, I don't know where to start. When you're in a band, you're nothing but at the will of the group you're in. At some point, after lots of nights laying awake in a bunk after a show in the middle of the country, you really start to wonder where your life is headed. I know there's a big difference between what's smart and what you really want to do. I really need to do the smart thing and finish college, though I'd also like to do what I love, and continue playing with Arsis. Unfortunately, I can't do them both. Thus, I've decided to leave the band.
Edguy have just revealed the track list of their new album "Tinnitus Sanctus" which will be released on November 14th.
The song titles read as follows:
01. Ministry Of Saints
02. Sex Fire Religion
03. The Pride Of Creation
04. Nine Lives
05. Wake Up Dreaming Black
07. Thorn Without A Rose
10. Dead Or Rock
11. Aren't You A Little Pervert, Too?
Check out an e-card for "Tinnitus Sanctus" at this location.
British metal legends Saxon have posted the following update on their official site:
''All Saxon fans have a lot of things to look forward to in the coming months: to start off with, the British metal legend will release their new download single 'Live To Rock', followed by the arrival at the stores of their current studio album Into The Labyrinth, as well as major tours to support both releases. So a hot autumn is about to start in a few days' time!
Saxon's new single 'Live To Rock' (artwork: click) will be available as an internet download from 17 October 2008, and Saxon will present their new track live for the first time during the tour which will take Biff Byford & Co., alongside Motörhead and Danko Jones, through England and Germany in November/December 2008. Their new studio album, ''Into The Labyrinth'', will be out on 12 January 2009 (Germany: 9 January 2009, US: 13 January 2009). February 2009 will see the band embark on another major world tour, only one month after the album release.
The Canadian duo Nadja consisting of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff will be hitting the road again at the end of September for dates around North America, followed by a tour of Europe. Tour dates are as follows:
Nadja's North American Tour, Fall 2008:
09/28/08 Sun @ El Mocambo - Toronto, ON (w/ Sons of Otis)
10/03/08 Fri @ TBA - Portland, OR (w/ Troum, Tecumseh)
10/05/08 Sun @ i.am.indust2008 Festival - Oakland, CA (Aidan Baker + Nadja sets)
10/06/08 Mon @ Stork Club - Oakland, CA (w/ Tecumseh, Maleficia)
10/07/08 Tue @ Hemlock - San Francisco, CA (w/ Kris Force, Tecumseh)
10/08/08 Wed @ Relax Bar - Los Angeles, CA (w/ Tecumseh)
10/24/08 Fri @ Tone Deaf Festival - Kingston, ON (TBC)
10/25/08 Sat @ The Music Gallery - Toronto, ON (Aidan Baker show)
The following news was posted at the Skyforger official website:
"We are pleased to announce that after a longer hiatus, Skyforger is finally back in studio to record follow-up to the last full length "Thunderforge", which came out back in 2003. This is the first time band has decided to abandon "Phoenix" studio where all previous albums were shaped and now will try out different surroundings. A recording takes place in calm environments of personal studio "Lauska" of band's own member Kaspars Barbals who's supervising all the processes. As usually Skyforger will be producing the album themselves; there are planned ten brand-new compositions in total, but no album name or song titles are known by this stage. Two weeks ago drummer Mazais nailed down all drum parts and in next week bass player Zirgs will complete his bass lines."
Nuclear Blast Records has posted the following message online:
"It is an honor to announce that Nuclear Blast and Suffocation are finally joining forces! Nuclear Blast is proud to welcome one of the most popular and important bands in death metal history, and without a doubt the heaviest fuck ing metal band ever come out of New York! This is a dream come true for the staff as well, as we are all huge longtime Suffocation fans. There's no doubt that the band is one of the most influential bands ever, as we hear their sound even in most of today's 'scene' bands! We cannot express how happy we are as we've known the guys for some time now. We would like to thank them and their management for helping making this happen. The future looks bright! Stay tuned because 2009 will bring you 'Blood Oath.' You've been warned!"
The band has announced the following on their website:
"The response to our bassist search has been overwhelming, and we want to send our sincere thanks to everyone that got in touch. Applications poured in from pretty much every continent, and some of the interested musicians are members in bands that we have been huge fans of for many years, which was extremely flattering.
However, we can now announce that the search is over, and that we've recruited Daniel Antonsson (Dimension Zero, ex-Soilwork) to handle the bass duties for the upcoming tour. We welcome Daniel to the fold and look forward to hitting the road with him."