Abysmal Dawn's brand new album "Programmed To Consume" is currently streaming in its entirety at this location, courtesy of Dutch website 3voor12.nl. The band's debut on Relapse Records was recorded last November with producer John Haddad (Intronaut, Phobia, Eyes Of Fire), and was scheduled for a May 13th North American release (May 17th internationally).
Norwegian metallers Ulver have posted a cover version of Prince's "Thieves In The Temple" on their official MySpace page.
The song "Thieves In The Temple" was originally released on Prince's 1990 "Graffiti Bridge" album, with the song hitting 6 on the US charts.
For the cover, Ulver collaborated with female soul singer and Wyclef Jean protégée, Siri Stranger. The boys downplay their own participation, and relation to Prince, with the following statement: "Prince is not our familiar, but we appreciate his spirituality and sensibility, manifest in this song. We are thieves in his temple."
Their song is part of a massive 81-track, 5-CD tribute titled, "Shockadelica: 50th Anniversary Tribute To The Artist Known As Prince" (C+C Records).
The following update was posted on the official website of Rhapsody Of Fire a few days ago:
"First of all thank you for all the patience you had in these last times despite the lack of news regarding the band. We wanted to inform you that we are in the middle of a hard legal fight with MCM and his main representative Mr. Joey De Maio (Manowar). That's the reason why in the last months we had to keep all strictly confidential and could not release any official declaration that could obviously be used against us from the opposite side. And that's also the reason why we were constricted to stop completely our band's activity. Frankly we are not able to imagine if all this can end in a very close future but we want to assure you that we are ready to fight with all the strength of body and soul in order to protect yours and our beloved band. Yes, aside from these bad events we ask you to not lose your faith in us. As soon as this sad situation will be solved we'll be ready for a great and mighty come back. A new album, a real masterpiece of speed/epic metal, is already composed and ready to be recorded and after its release an immense worldwide tour will finally follow for yours and our extreme satisfaction."
"There are only a handful of rock artists that have proven to be as enduring and influential as Alice Cooper has over the years. Name just about any hard rock artist, and they've probably borrowed a thing or two from Cooper. On his latest studio recording, "Along Came A Spider" (issued via SPV Records on July 29th), Alice has returned with a concept album with a sinister streak.
"A dark and menacing album for dark and menacing times" is perhaps the most fitting description for Alice's 25th studio album. A chilling conceptual thread runs through the songs, which are told through the voice of a serial killer named Spider - one that Alice describes as "an arachnophobic psychopath" (in the song "Catch Me If You Can"). Alice, the master storyteller, weaves a web of danger, intrigue and death that rivals his best work.
German metallers Subway To Sally will return to set the stages on fire in October and December 2008! After some more successful festival shows in July and August, the band will be back on the road with the "Bastard Tour 2008".
A preview track "Terror Squad" of the upcoming Artillery DVD "One Foot In The Grave, The Other One In The Trash" has been made available on the official Metal Mind Productions YouTube Channel (or click here for a direct link).
Artillery's first ever DVD entitled "One Foot In The Grave, The Other One In The Trash" will be released by Metal Mind Productions on 7th July 2008 in Europe and 5th August 2008 in USA (via MVD). The DVD features a fantastic gig the thrash veteran's of Artillery gave at Metalmania Festival 2008.
"After 5 years of working with Vader, our bassist Novy (true name Marcin Nowak) decided to part ways with the band! He made his decision right after recently finished European tour. We would like to thank him for all those years of successful cooperation and just a great work he did for the band within the time. The band's members wish him all the best for the future!... Unfortunately, Marcin's decision of leaving the band was made not only after the finished tour in Europe, but also just before the upcoming (and very important) US tour Summer Slaughter Tour 2008 (when we appear alongside Black Dalhia Murder, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy and other bands). This is a very hard situation for the band but don't worry- we have already found a replacement - the session bassist for this tour will be Martin (ex- Decapitated). We are convinced that together with him VADER will be a killer! The session bass player for the shows planned for the rest of 2008 will be announced after the US tour. On August 3 Vader will appear on Polish Woodstock Festival. On August 30 the band will play a special anniversary show in Warsaw. In October panzerdivision under command of Peter will hit the road again, playing a tour through across Scandinavia and the Baltic States. (Mariusz Kmiołek - Massive Music Management)."
Power metallers Power Quest have announced that former Cellador and current Coldera guitarist Bill Hudson had been recruited into the Power Quest ranks and is set to form an incredible twin guitar partnership with Andrea Martongelli.
Keyboardist Steve Williams comments:
"I'm absolutely ecstatic with this news! I've been good friends with Bill for a couple of years now and we have often talked about working together in some shape or form and now we have the perfect opportunity to do just that. As well as being a fantastic guitarist, Bill is also a great songwriter too which means this is going to benefit the band on a number of levels. Welcome aboard brother!"
Metallica has just announced the title of their upcoming album, "Death Magnetic". The band has been posting teaser images all week leading up to this image. The album is due out in September.
A short video clip revealing the new album title can be viewed here. The clip also contains audio from a new and untitled song.
"Death Magnetic" is "a stunning, overdue return to the shock and rush of the band's speed-metal monuments, 1984's "Ride The Lightning" and 1986's "Master Of Puppets"," according to Rolling Stone.
According to some internet sources, the album will be preceded by an eight-minute single which is being described as "a tour de force that features some of their fastest playing ever." The record is being produced by Rick Rubin (Slayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and mixed by Greg Fidelman.
Bulgaria's death-grinders Enthrallment have entered Basement Studios, having signed with Slovakia's Metal Age Productions, with producer Emil Marinov (Ablepsia) to record their new full length album, "Immerse Into Bloody Bliss."
The band entered the studio on June 12 and will record until the end of August, coinciding with their live shows at the East Noise Attack festival. The songs will be mastered by Peter Number at Mega Wimp Sound Studio in Germany (Lividity, Sodom, Primordial, Septic Flesh).
Enthrallment will also film a video for one of the tracks, to be announced in the fear future.
Check out some songs, 4 videos and more info at their MySpace page.
Enthrallment will be playing at the East Noise Attack Festival in Varna. Here are the dates:
Dark The Suns has already found a new drummer. Eino Kauppila has joined the band and you can check out this line up's for the first time in Välipuistorock!
The band added: "Another good news are that we are going to record a new single "The Dead End" in the end of August. The single is going to be released in the beginning of October and in addition to "The Dead End" it will include an In Flames-cover featuring Tuomas Saukkonen from Before The Dawn."
"Just got word a few days ago that The Angelic Process mastermind K. Angylus passed away around the end of April (pretty much exactly a year after the creation/release of the monumental "Weighing Souls With Sand" album). Very sad (and shocking) news indeed that took us off guard, especially considering the visionary and amazing musician this man was and how he conjured up one of the greatest triumphs in the Profound Lore catalog; namely "Weighing Souls With Sand". Cause of death is of course speculative, so we won't get into any of this, but nonetheless we of course appreciated the man Kris was; as a musical perfectionist, he was also one of the most humble and sincere persons we have had the pleasure to deal with. Condolences to those close to him... Godspeed..."
Belgian Heavy metal band Gitaron have announced they've changed their line up once more. The word from the band is that in may 2008, Gitaron decided to continue without guitar player Aaron Onghena. Shorlty after the departure of Aaron, also drummer Tom Willems decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. His place was taken over by Freddie Vandenberghe, brother of bass player Wilfried. The new guitar player is David Van Gompel.
The statement from the band reads as follows:
"Tom Willems has decided to leave the band due personal reasons. We want to thank him for the time he spend with Gitaron and wish him all the best. In the meantime, Freddie Vandenberghe will take over his drumming duties. Welcome Freddie!"
Guitarist Gavin Harper has issued the following statement on the band's myspace page:
I'm very sad to report that Wilson has informed us last night that he is unable to continue in Alestorm due to a heavy touring schedule and a career that unfortunately leaves little room for time off.
The parting has been on excellent terms and there is no bad blood whatsoever, I, and all of Alestorm/Napalm Records wish Wilson the best of luck in his chosen path and we understand his decision completely.
We have got an excellent drummer filling Wilson's big shoes and has already proven himself as the perfect choice for the new Alestorm Drummer.
Details will be posted in the coming days after meetings have taken place with both band and record label on Monday in London.
Amon Amarrth have posted the following update on their official website:
"This weekend we are off to that magical island called the UK for a show at legendary Donington Park and the Download Festival. It's sure to be a full weekend of mayhem - and then some - as we're also doing an appearance on the Metal Hammer Awards after party before we return to Stockholm on Tuesday.
In other news we are completely finished with the recording of the new album and Jens (Bogren - producer) has started the mixing process. If everything goes to plan, the mixing will be done by the end of next week and we are confident that this will be a killer album."
Songtitles to be included on the album are "Guardians Of Asgaard", "Live For The Kill" and "Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags".