US Power metal legends Jag Panzer have finished recording their new album, entitled The Scourge Of Light. The band's 9th studio album is scheduled for release sometime in February or March 2011, depending on your location. The Scourge Of Light will be the band's first album under label SPV/Sony which they signed under a couple of months ago.
The cover artwork was painted by Los Angeles artist Justin Yun. Obviously the logo and title aren't in this image, because the band wanted everyone to see Justin's entire painting.
The Scourge Of Light cover art] tracklist:
01. Condemned to Fight
02. The Setting of the Sun
03. Bringing on the End
04. Call to Arms
Long-running German thrashers Holy Moses have checked in with the following band update:
"The year 2010 has not yet ended, but we like to take the chance to give you a short overview. After the successful shows in Finland, at Kaltenbach Open Air in Austria, and the really great shows with Doro at Landau Germany and at Bloodstock Open Air in UK, the band is going to take a break from playing Live.
But we are not sleeping:
We are working on new songs, and we started up to arrange old school classics of Holy Moses in a new structure. We will be back in the studio for an new Holy Moses album in spring 2011 at Absurd Studio Hamburg.
From December, 2011 until December, 2012 we will have our 30th years anniversary with Holy Moses, and we are preparing ourselves right now for this great event.
Rumors keep circulating about a second leg of the Avantasia tour in 2011. The musicians want to make clear that after the December world tour there will be no more Avantasia tours or festival appearances, except from the Wacken show in 2011.
Tobias Sammet: "In 2011 we will not play any show except from the Wacken show, due to commitments that we all have with our individual main bands. That's why we are very happy about having found a time frame to bring the show on stage in December. The Metal Opera Comes To Town world tour 2010 will be a special event that will be neither repeated nor continued. That's why we'll play as many songs as possible and make it a special experience for us as much as for our fans. Because we are not naive enough to believe that this line-up will ever get the chance to share the stage again after the forthcoming tour."
Teutonic thrash metallers Sodom have announced a string of European live dates, scheduled to take place in February next year. The band will be touring in support of their latest effort, In War And Pieces, released in Germany last week and the rest of Europe today (more album details available here).
04.02.2011 (B) Vosselaar, Biebob
05.02.2011 (NL) Eindhoven, Dynamo
06.02.2011 (UK) London, Underworld
07.02.2011 (D) Saarbrücken, Garage
09.02.2011 (CH) Pratteln, z7
10.02.2011 (I) Milan, Live Club
11.02.2011 (A) Wien, Szene
12.02.2011 (SLO) Maribor, Stuk
13.02.2011 (H) Budapest, Diesel
15.02.2011 (D) Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
16.02.2011 (D) Hamburg, Markthalle
17.02.2011 (D) Bochum, Zeche
Greek Progressive metal band Wastefall have reformed, after disbanding in the summer of 2008.
Here's the full message released by the band: "After a long time of absence, Wastefall are back! We are more than glad to announce that vocalist, guitarist Domenik Papaemmanouil returned from exile and guitarist Alex Katsiyiannis decided to abandon his haven. The only difference is that we decided to recruit Tassos Loukos behind the drums, since Kostis Papaleksopoulos is still in exile. Apart from that, the members remain the same. See you really soon."
Cavalera Conspiracy will release their second album, entitled Blunt Force Trauma, in March 2011 via Roadrunner Records.
The band released Inflikted in 2008 to much critical and fan acclaim. The album was a momentous occasion in the heavy metal universe, as it reunited brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera for the first time since Max left Sepultura in 1996.
Blunt Force Trauma cover art] tracklist:
03. Lynch Mob
04. Killing Inside
06. I Speak Hate
08. Genghis Khan
09. Burn Waco
11. Blunt Force Trauma
Deadlock are about to finish the works on their new, highly anticipated album Bizarro World, that will be released February 25th, 2011 in Germany and February 28th in the rest of Europe via Lifeforce Records. Release dates for the US and Japan will be announced soon. You can follow progress of the album by checking the band's official Facebook page where updates are posted regularly
Deadlock will play a couple of exclusive record release shows in Germany around the albums release. Here are the dates:
Swedish death metal band Demonical have set Death Infernal as the title of their upcoming third full-length album. Some of the chants tentative to be included are:
"The Arrival of Armageddon"
"All will Perish (The Final Liberation)"
"March for Victory"
"From Northern Shores"
The final tracklist will be presented later.
The album is currently being recorded, mixed and mastered at Necromorbus Studios in Alvik, Sweden, under the leadership of Sverker Widgren, the band's front commander. December 31st is set as deadline for the recording, the curse will then be released upon mankind in April 2011 through Cyclone Empire. An exact release-date is still to be announced.
Earlier this year, Ratt released their first album in 10 years, Infestation, a crushing return to their seminal Ratt n' Roll roots. Since then, the guys hit the road bringing their upbeat, crunchy riffs and catchy choruses - both old and new - to fans around the world. And now, with the brand new video for "Eat Me Up Alive" we get a first-hand look at the long-standing band's downright electric live performances from this past year. Check it out below now!
Norwegian avantgarde metal act Virus will finally perform live in 2011, the first time since the band's conception in 2000. The first ever Virus show will take place at Koko in London on March 22nd, 2011 together with Ulver. Tickets are available here.
The band's only comment was: "And so it begins..."
In related news, Ulver's upcoming tour schedule look as follows:
18.12.2010 - Palladium, Warsaw - Poland
22.03.2011 - Koko London, UK (with Virus)
26.03.2011 - Trabendo, Paris - France
27.03.2011 - Incorso, Rotterdam - The Netherlands
29.03.2011 - Matrix, Bochum - Germany
30.03.2011 - Substage, Karlsruhe - Germany
31.03.2011 - Z7, Basel - Switzerland
01.04.2011 - Backstage, München - Germany
Kamelot has announced their highly anticipated return to Europe on the heels of their new album release Poetry for the Poisoned. The 2011 European leg of The Pandemonium Tour, will begin on April 22nd at Paris' famous Elysée Montmartre venue, taking their spectacular show to 18 top venues and a host of new cities in Europe.
In keeping with Kamelot's flair for the theatrical, as well as their innovative and creative spirit, the second leg of the tour promises to push the limits of the live concert experience, bringing fans a spectacle even more eye-popping than what they experienced during the thrilling first leg of The Pandemonium Over Europe Part 1. "It's still called the Pandemonium Tour, but it's more theatrical and visual than before", Thomas Youngblood said in a October interview. "It has a dark theme, a new stage design and more surprises for the Kamelot fans!".
The countdown started about a week ago is over, so it is time for you to discover the new list of confirmed artists for the next HELLFEST!
As usual the HELLFEST stay in its shoes, eclecticism and taking risks are our watchwords! Extreme music being not limited to any particular style, you will still discover many original bands, real "UFOS", but famous and legendary artists that it is time to discover or rediscover on stage before that it's too late! We promise to surprise you again!
We won't talk about the qualities of each artist's newly confirmed, but you're free to check all the bands this list which shouldn't people indifferent:
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine dropped by the Megadeth Cyber Army chat room last Tuesday (November 16) for a special live chat with his fan club members. The following is an excerpt from the chat:
"So, right now I have Ken Eisennagel, you may remember him from the last two records doing engineering for all of the pre-production phases of Megadeth records? Well, he is here going over all of the new Megadeth stuff that I am working on... believe it or not we have five songs almost finished for the new Megs record already!"
Occasionally a musician has to take a step back into the past to develop artistically. Tom Englund, guitarist and vocalist with Swedish rock group Evergrey, took this risk and reorganised his artistic environment. "The most recent Evergrey line-up had reached a point where we no longer had fun as a group," he confesses, adding: "So we went our separate ways to save our friendship. There were no angry words, and we're still friends privately."
Naturally, the decision to break up wasn't easy for these long-standing friends, especially for Englund and his remaining keyboardist, Rikard Zander, for whom a continuation of Evergrey was never called into question. Yet they both had to face a new challenge: "In the beginning, we weren't sure whether we'd be able to write a new album without the wealth of experience that the previous line-up brought in. But after Rikard and I had composed a full three numbers during the first week, we felt that was a real coup."
Eluveitie has announced a US and Canadian tour next February. Joining them on tour will be 3 Inches Of Blood, Holy Grail, System Divide.
Eluveitie vocalist Chrigel Glanzmann had the following to say: "Since we've only been able to present a short set while supporting Amon Amarth in 2010 we have put some effort in this one and are very happy to be able to deliver all we hoped for and what we think our fans deserve: A full 90-minute headline show with some special stuff, a killer package, and as if this wasn't enough we and our partners have done all we could to keep the ticket prices as low as we possibly could so you'll have something left to spend at the bar, where as always we will be more than happy to join you for a drink or two!