Vocalist Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill has posted some updates on the band's website:
Forgive me father it's been months since my last confession...
I have been lazy, accept my apologies. It's about time I posted a new message on the site and let you all know whats happening on Planet Satan.
The gigs have now started coming a few every couple of weeks. The Ragnarok Festival in Lichtenfels was a triumph for us, our first show in Germany for the new album and nearly 5000 people there to give praise to the Old Gods. We also shot a dvd, it remains to be seen whether we can use it but this is something we are going to be looking at over the coming months. Tomahawk festival the following day in Osnabruck was not quite the success of the previous day and we arrived very late due to a day when everything that could go wrong did !. The show was excellent and we played possibly the best we have done since the album came out but it seems like quite a few of you thought we had cancelled and headed home after Turisas. Next time
Örebro, Sweden's Coldworker - death metal band comprising of current and former members of Nasum, Relentless, Ruin and Phobos - have posted yet another new track to add to their recent postings, entitled "Seizures", at their website. The song is from Coldworker's upcoming album entitled "Rotting Paradise", which sees a US release on May 13 through Relapse Records.
Track List for "Rotting Paradise" again:
01. Reversing The Order
02. Citizens Of The Cyclopean Maze
03. Symptoms Of Sickness
04. The Black Dog Syndrome
05. Comatose State
06. Paradox Lost
07. The Last Bitter Twist
09. The Machine
10. I Am The Doorway
11. Scare Tactics
12. Deliverance Of The Rejected
The first version of "We Are The Nightmare," the new video from the Virginia-based technical death metal outfit Arsis, can be viewed here.
A second (animated) version of the video is currently in the works and will see the light of day in the next few weeks.
The song is the title track of the group's latest album, which was released on April 15 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was produced by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Hatebreed, Municipal Waste) at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts and was mastered by Alan Douches (Kataklysm, Unearth, Shadows Fall).
"We Are The Nightmare" contains a bonus 45-minute DVD that includes the band's time in the studio, off-stage antics, and some general goofing around. Malone adds: "I can honestly say that this was the best recording experience that I have had in my years with Arsis. Not only was Zeuss great to work with, but Ryan (Knight, guitarist), Darren (Cesca, drummer), and Noah (Martin, bassist) all did an outstanding job. We all worked together to create what I feel is the most accomplished Arsis album to date. I can still listen to the songs, and that's a good sign."
Available now through Nuclear Blast mailorder is Slayer's "Live Undead"/"Haunting The Chapel" (from 1985 and 1984, respectively) as a high quality, numbered new edition, perfectly matching the cover artwork in blue splatter vinyl. The vinyl reissue is limited to 500 pieces.
The tracklist is as follows:
Side A - Live Undead:
01. Black Magic
02. Die By The Sword
03. Captor Of Sin
04. The Antichrist
05. Evil Has No Boundaries
06. Show No Mercy
07. Aggressive Perfector
Side B - Haunting The Chapel EP:
01. Chemical Warfare
02. Captor Of Sin
03. Haunting The Chapel
04. Aggressive Perfector
Metallica has established a mini-site to promote the group's forthcoming studio effort. "Mission Metallica" will go live in May for the sole purpose of giving the fans a chance to "experience the new album before it's done."
Check it out at missionmetallica.com.
The band has been hard at 'work' recording the as-yet-untitled, long-awaited new album in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin. Motor-mouth Napster-hater Lars Ulrich recently announced that the group's follow-up to 2003's "St Anger" will be released this September.
While speaking with Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson on Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, Ulrich said, "We're just finishing up a record, we've got six weeks left and it should be out in September, that's the idea right now." He embellishes further, saying, "I like what I've heard so far. I'm not one of the great sellers of 'the new record's the best thing we've ever done and it shits all over the last record and it's way heavier'. I'm not a great believer in all that horseshit." To finish up, he adds a classic Lars statement that could easily have been taken from the St. Anger period; "I like it and I'm one of Metallica's harshest critics. So far it feels pretty good but there's still plenty of time to fuck it up, so let's see what happens."
Due to the recent amendments of the entertainment visa requirements set by the Australian Immigration Department, Mayhem will not be able to get their visas approved in time for their scheduled Australian and NZ tour dates. As a result, tour promoter Just Say Rock in conjunction with Mayhem, have decided to postpone the tour to later this year.
All parties are now working on new dates for the Mayhem tour. The new dates will be released ASAP.
Any patron wishing to obtain a refund for their current ticket can do so by returning it to the point of sale to get the face value refunded. However, tickets will still be good for the rescheduled show.
After Washington's Metal Church split with their guitarist, Jay Reynolds, two months ago, they have recently announced the following:
"After much consideration and many qualified applicants we have come to a decision on a new guitar player. We have chosen Rick Van Zandt. Rick is a very gifted player who spent many years in the Seattle metal scene in bands like The End, Rottweiller and the Ronny Munroe Band. Some of Rick's influences are Steve Vai, Richie Blackmore and Eddie Van Halen.
Rick brings a whole new level of playing to Metal Church and we are all glad to have him and we are sure you, the fans will be as well. Get ready for some shredding! The new album really kicks some metal ass, every band says that but we mean it!!"
According to Japanese newspapers report, Loudness drummer Munetaka Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) earlier this month. He is still in hospital, where he has been undergoing radiotherapy for HCC. Loudness are going to play the scheduled 3 gigs with a replacement drummer, whose name hasn't been revealed yet. After those gigs the band are going to be put on hold indefinitely until Munetaka gets full strength back.
An official statement from the band's management can be found in the official Loudness website, though it is written in Japanese.
Melodic Swedish metallers Blinded Colony have announced the following update:
"We would like to introduce and welcome a new member to Blinded Colony. His name is Martin Bergman (ex-Evildoer) and he will be the new guitar player next to Tobias. Of course this doesn't mean that Johan Blomström has quit the band; he will instead handle the bass from now on. You will get a proper introduction from Martin himself later on and some other really cool news."
Blinded Colony's "Bedtime Prayers", came out in January 2007 through Pivotal Rockordings. They followed up with a 38-day tour with Ektomorf and Kayser.
Napalm Records has signed Lunatica. The Swiss band is right in the middle of recording their new album. Michael Levine (Hans Zimmer's arranger - Pirates of the Carribean, The Rock) has provided his expertise on one track. In addition, Jimi Jamsion (Survivor's ex-vocalist) as well as John Payne (ex-Asia) will perform two songs with frontlady Andrea. An album release is tentatively scheduled for winter 2008/2009. Make sure to check out Lunatica's music and art on MySpace.
Australian masters of grind The Berzerker have begun work on their fifth studio album, due in an undetermined amount of time later this year through Earache Records. An official 2.26mins video clip featuring footage of some of the early recording sessions can be viewed here
Animosity New Zealand Tour Dates:
24/04 Level One - Christchurch, NZ + Vixen Execution, Anthropophagus, Innard Splatter
25/04 Valve+) - Wellington, NZ + Backyard Burial, Bloodletting, Slave Cadaver
26/04 Powerstation - Auckland, NZ + Dawn Of Azazel, Sinate, State Of Integrity, World War Four, Malevolence, Cripple Mr Onion, Human, Wrath, Tainted, Just One Fix, Vatikan
27/04 Yellow Submarine - Hamilton, NZ + Bloodletting, Blacktooth, + guests