Well, we've got 8 new songs in various states of completion. Titles confirmed so far include "The Lie", "A Sorrow to Kill", "Merry-Go-Round" and "Asylum". Working titles (IE: these could change!) include "Temptation" and "A Silver Key".
We will start the recording process on the 21st August, again using Brett Caldas-Lima who produced the debut "Transcendental". Recording will take place near Oxford, England at a purpose built rehearsal studio (which is a bit better than the "back room of a pub" like last time, hehe).
The music's definitely going in a heavier direction. I know most bands say this, but since Tom is writing a majority of the stuff with his 7-string baritone tuned to F# it's definitely true. The songs are also going to be considerably more complex and roundly structured than before. All the parts that have become "typically" To-Mera are still going to be there only much more so in every possible way. There's more fluidity and emotional depth to the new songs. We're all more than happy with the way things are working out.
The following message was posted on Catamenia's official website:
"We're proud to announce and welcome our new drummer, Mikko Nevanlahti, to the band. More info about him can be found from the member profile at biography section here. Thank you all who sent their applications and showed interest towards Catamenia!".
The Webmaster of their official site made the following announcement regarding the new album:
"First Part of Full Studio Report online!
The first part of "Making of The Scythe" has been posted online on Elvenking Official YouTube Channel. This first video is about the Drums and Guitars. More to come very soon! You can also find it in the Media page."
The next text was posted by Ola Frenning on the Soilwork website some days ago (June 26th, 2007):
"Peter and I just finished the mix of the last song. Which means, the new Soilwork album is done. All I can say, it sound´s excellent... great sound, great playing and a good mix of songs. Im very happy to have an album in my CD-collection, that no one else has... yet!
So, the case "Soilwork recording 2007" is closed. And, hopefully, the album will be out before the snow starts to fall. See ya"
The following message was posted on Evile's MySpace page:
"You can now hear exclusive tracks taken from the forthcoming album from UK Thrashers Evile. The tracks 'Enter the Grave', 'Schizophrenia' and 'Armoured Assault' are taken from the blistering Earache Records release "Enter The Grave" produced by Legendary Producer Flemming Rasmussen, which will be available on August 27th in UK/Europe and September 25th in the USA.
No instrument samples were used in the making of "Enter the Grave"- all parts were recorded acoustically, live in the studio.
The following message was posted on Winds's label website The End Records:
"The Norwegian classical/progressive metal band Winds is back with the follow-up to their acclaimed 2004 opus "The Imaginary Direction of Time". The band has worked extensively on the new record over the last three years, and after undergoing the most complex recording process in the band's career so far, the new album finally saw completion in April of 2007.
This is the band's fourth recording together as a unit, and although the four individuals behind Winds have been making music together for over ten years already, they are probably still more known for their individual efforts with their other bands rather than their collective work in Winds. This may very well be about to change with the September 4th release of "Prominence and Demise".
The following message was posted on Disillusion's official website:
"Good news for the upcoming festival and live season! Disillusion have found a replacement for ex-drummer Maluschka. New drummer will be Alex "Sasch" Tscholakov, who has worked on every one of the band's releases over the past 10 years, either on the mix or otherwise. "Sasch" apparently is the perfect choice for the band and we are very excited to start writing the new record with him soon. Also, the vacant bass player spot is filled. To complete the lineup, Alla Fedynitch joins Disillusion. She has been a session bass player for quite a number of bands before and is of course more than a mere gain in the low frequency band."
The following message was posted on Benediction's official MySpace page:
"We have postponed the tour later this year. Reasons? Working visas mainly. We seem to be able to use british passports to get into just about every other country in the world with no problem except the country which in political circles is our closest allie and friend!!!. Minor offences up to 15 years in the past can cause great concern to the authorities that be. This includes late payments of fines/drunk and or disorderly. This it seems makes you a national risk!!!. The usual shit. We'll try and get out there in early 2008 (if the immigration/visa department let certain people in the gang in !!!) Sorry about that. Shit happens. Get over it,we have. We'll sort it".
The following message was posted by Necro on Darkthrone's official website:
"Finally! 18 month after the first recordings for the new album, Darkthrone is done. End of July will see the release of the new EP 'NWOBHM' (New Wave Of Black Heavy Metal). This EP contains 4 songs on cd version, and two songs on the 7" vinyl version. There is one new exclusive song on both versions called "Hedninger Fra Helvete" (Heathens From Hell). The Testors cover song "Bad Attitude" is added on the cd version. CD contains in this order: "Wisdom Of The Dead" (a different recording than the version on the album), "Canadian Metal" (same recording as the album version, but different vocals added), "Hedninger Fra Helvete" (exclusive new song for this EP) and "Bad Attitude" (coversong of american Testors). Vinyl version contains "Hedninger Fra Helvete" and "Canadian Metal". The new album is called 'F.O.A.D.' and will be released in September".
UK Extreme Metal band Gorerotted has parted ways with guitarist Matt "Robin Pants" Hoban:
"Well people after 6 long years of hangovers and vomiting I have decided to call it a day and part ways with Gorerotted. I wish the boys great success for the future and would like to thank everyone I ever met at shows for being cool, especially the ones that let me smoke all their weed before being told to fuck off".
The band added: "We wish Matt all the best for the future and with his new band The Agonyst, he'll always be our bro and as he said, to us he left on a high note having just played our 1st ever show on American soil. We'll play the upcoming festival shows as a 4 piece until a suitable replacement is found, when we'll continue the writing of our 4th album 'Get Dead Or Die Trying.' You can catch us at Deathfest in London, Waldrock Festival in Holland, Kaltenbach in Austria and Brutal Assault in Czech Republic playing along side such greats as W.A.S.P., Testament, Meshuggah, Napalm Death, The Haunted, Madball, Satyricon, Deicide and many more."
Three new dates have been added to the "Fuck The World Tour", all on German territory in July: Watain will headline both "Under the Black Sun" and "Thunders Over Miriquidi" festivals. An exclusive liveritual will also be held in Hamburg.
FRI July 06: Hamburg - LOGO
SAT July 07: Berlin - UTBS Festival
FRI July 13: Annaberg - TOM Festival
The following message was posted on The Old Dead Tree's official website:
"We can confirm that the title of The Old Dead Tree's new Album will be "The Water Fields". Full tracklisting will be revealed soon as well.
"The Water Fields" - an imaginary place where one finds refuge to escape from pain and everyday doubts... This will be a concept album about avoidance, kidding oneself, and the urge we have to hide from reality and to remain passive when we are on tenterhooks..."
The band is currently in the Stage One Studio, recording the new songs together with german producer Andy Classen! They will try to keep you informed about the whole recording/mixing/mastering process through their official website, forum and MySpace.
"Arch Enemy are pleased to announce they have completed work on their highly anticipated new album. The new masterpiece entitled "Rise Of The Tyrant" was recorded at Studio Fredman with Producer Fredrik Nordström and will be unleashed on the metal world on September 24th, 2007.
Arch Enemy mastermind Michael Amott comments on the new album and the upcoming touring activities as follows:
"To all Arch Enemy fans!
So how does it sound, you ask? Well, I am of the opinion that we have made the 'ultimate Arch Enemy album'!!! To me, this album sounds like the perfect mix of melody and brutality. This album is a an organic and honest statement from the band - it's pure f**king metal at its absolute best, the Arch Enemy way!
Taken from The Underground Video Television Newsletter:
Underground Video Television (UVTV) has posted the Ozzfest 2007 Kickoff Special TV show at their website, here.
The episode features live videos filmed throughout the Northeast of Ozzfest bands past and present including In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Mastodon, The Showdown, In This Moment, Throwdown, Hatebreed, Unearth, Strapping Young Lad, Bleeding Through, Devildriver, Shadows Fall, Trivium & Walls Of Jericho. The show can also be seen on i-Tunes by subscribing to the UVTV Podcast, here.
Ozzfest begins it's tour July 12 in Seattle WA continuing through July & August. Tickets are free this year. For complete tour information, show schedules & listing of bands performing visit the official Ozzfest Website.
On July 6, 2007, Manowar will release their newest double live album, entitled "Gods Of War Live". This over-two-hour-long manifestation of pure power will feature the entire set list of the just-completed leg of the "Demons , Dragons and Warriors Tour 2007" including songs like "The Oath", "Mountain", "Warriors Of The World", "The Gods Made Heavy Metal" and songs from the new chart-topping album "Gods Of War".
The tracklist has been released, and runs as follows:
01 - Manowar
02 - Call To Arms
03 - Gloves Of Metal
04 - Each Dawn I Die
05 - Holy War
06 - Mountains
07 - The Oath
08 - Secret Of Steel
09 - Son Of William's Tale