04:50 - The Maratha Also, black powerfully blending with genres of death, drone, psychedelic, doom, sludge and so on. More or less, this past 2 years there has been a trend of experimentation in metal altogether.
04:44 - The Maratha The problem is that Sludge creepingly blends into heavy, doom, black and death. Look at Roadburn for instance.
03:24 - Marcel Hubregtse SLudge is actually already dead since most bands in that genre are copying each other . Savannah SLudge is doing it and so are the others. If you hear mrore than 6 new sludge bands each months you will notice it.
02:29 - Apothecary Yeah you have a point, that "only old school is real, modern bands suck" mentality is still pretty strong among parts of the metal community though, unfortunately
02:23 - Karlabos but then again most death/thrash/sympho fans are more into older bands and don't follow the new stuff very closely... amongst the new metals arising i still feel sludge is pretty strong
02:17 - Apothecary I still think sludge is far from "the next big trend" lol, that's grossly over-exaggerating its appeal to the average metalhead. More people are into thrash, death, and symphonic type shit before sludge, at least in my area
02:14 - Karlabos yeah, sludge seems to be quite the thing nowadays. still beats the power metal trend from when i was a kid tho
Japanese Death metallers Defiled will be back on Season of Mist on next January 17th, 2011 (January 25th in the US) with their fourth full-length In Crisis.
In Crisis will be released as a digipak edition limited to the very first pressing.
In Crisis cover art] tracklist:
01. From Alpha
02. Lethal Agitator
04. Unconscious Slavery
05. Paradoxical Chaos
06. In Crisis
07. Behind You Pray
08. Resentment Without End
10. Maze Of Nescience
11. Revelation Of Doom
12. To Omega
Eager to become the talk of every music fans' Thanksgiving dinner today, Axl Rose has just issued his most insane lawsuit yet, suing "Guitar Hero" makers Activision for $20 million for featuring Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
Axl initially signed off on "Welcome to the Jungle" being used in the game, but on one condition: do not put any music by Velvet Revolver, which boasts guitarist Slash (Rose's former bandmate and mortal enemy) in the game. Well, not only did "Guitar Hero III" offer a bunch of Velvet Revolver songs, they crowned Slash the game's spokesperson, featured him on the game's cover and made him a playable avatar. Cue Axl's lawsuit.
On the 30th November Mägo De Oz will re-release their last album Gaia III - Atlantia in a special box set edition with lots of extra material. The special box set will contain their last work Gaia III - Atlantia, a DVD with the last video clips ant their making of, plus a third CD called Gaia Epílogo with some new songs composed during the 3 Gaia albums but not edited up to date.
Gaia III - Atlantia was originally released worldwide on 6 April 2010.
Swedish blackened death metal band Spazmosity are forced to cancel their gigs for the remainder of this year, due to drummer Dimman being involved in a motorcycle accident. Spazmosity will return to the live and festival scene in early 2011.
All 26 tracks included in the recent three-disc deluxe re-issue of Control Denied's The Fragile Art of Existence are streaming online now via the band's website.
Control Denied's legendary first album has been re-mastered, re-packaged and features liner notes from drummer Richard Christy, never-before-seen photographs, as well as over an hour of previously unreleased demo and rehearsal tracks. The Fragile Art of Existence tracklist and album details were previously reported at this location. The album is available through Relapse Mailorder.
Dubai-based death metallers Nervecell have finished writing the songs for their next studio album. The recordings will take place somewhere next month. The band issued the following update:
"We are really thrilled that the writing process for the new album has been successfully completed and the band is eager to enter the studio next month and start recording. We've been working really hard on this record through out this year and in between the tours we've had in Europe and Asia. All the pre-production for the songs are done and we're very happy with how everything has turned out for us so far.
The new songs are sounding aggressive, fast and dark! The fans can expect a heavy dosage of old school death metal, modern thrash metal, intertwined with our touch of Eastern melodies and brutality. Needless to say there will be more exciting news and surprises featured on this new record to follow.
Helstar will be touring Europe this December in support of its latest effort, "Glory of Chaos", released on November 5, 2010 in Europe via AFM Records. Helstar's European headlining tour will kick-off on December 10th in Kerkrade, Netherlands, and will conclude on December 18th in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Helstar December 2010 European Tour Schedule:
10-12 The Rock Temple - Kerkrade, Netherlands
11-12 Metal City Festival - Lünen, Germany
12-12 Kaminwerk - Memmingen, Germany
13-12 Gala Hala - Ljubljana, Slovenia
14-12 Viper Room - Vienna, Austria (with Blaze Bayley)
15-12 Rock City - Uster, Switzerland
16-12 Eiche - Crailsheim, Germany
17-12 Eindhoven Metal Meeting Festival - Eindhoven, Netherlands
18-12 Little Devil - Tilburg, Netherlands
Several sources claim that Saxon have announced the following UK tour dates for next spring, ending with yet another show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on St George's Day. These are the dates:
April 9: Leamington Spa Assembly
April 10: Nottingham Rock City
April 11: Whitehaven Civic Hall
April 13: Manchester Academy 2
April 14: Glasgow O2 ABC
April 15: Newcastle O2 Academy
April 17: Leeds O2 Academy
April 18: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
April 19: Bristol O2 Academy
April 21: Falmouth Princess Pavilion
April 22: Bournemouth O2 Academy
April 23: London Shepherd's Bush O2 Academy
The first five dates of the UK tour scheduled to start tomorrow have been cancelled:
The band did personally not want to cancel this tour but unfortunately Michael Poulsen was ordered by doctors not to fly or travel until his medical condition is stabilized to their satisfaction. At this moment Michael Poulsen is currently under doctor's supervision and a full recovery is expected within time to be able to pursue engagements from Dec 1st and onwards.
Chimaira have parted ways with long-serving bassist Jim LaMarca. The message from the band reads as follows:
"After a decade of good times and achievements, our friend and band mate Jim LaMarca has decided to retire from Chimaira. We wish him nothing but the best as he settles in and starts a family. As for seeking a replacement... we'll cross that bridge down the line. In the meantime, consider it "business as usual" with the Chimaira you know and love."
Dååth guitarist Emil Werstler will be handling the bass duties in Chimaira for the rest of the year.
Chimaira will embark on a short headlining tour in late November with support from Impending Doom, Dååth and This Or The Apocalypse. Click on the event link below to get all the dates.
As the release date of the upcoming Wizard album Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes approaches, the German power metal band has already posted the lyrics of the album online... which means we now know the official tracklisting for the album. Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes will be released through Massacre Records on a yet to be determined date.
Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes tracklist:
03. ... Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes
04. Fair Maiden Mine
07. Taste Of Fear
08. Hagen Von Steln
09. Messenger Of Death
10. In The Sign Of The Cross
11. Undead Insanity
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