08:51 - toxx Seeing Virus this weekend! Can't wait!
08:42 - Jaeryd17 Grammar is stuff like syntax and sentence structure. Orthography is stuff like spelling and punctuation. So it was an orthographical error.
05:26 - Boxcar Willy When i go to California next winter I'm stopping at Jef Whitehead's tattoo shop. I've been thinking about getting the Leviathan moon on my left middle finger for awhile now, feels only right to have him do it.
Belgian metallers Leng Tch'e have issued the following update:
"Today is another step in the never ending evolution of Leng Tch'e. Boris has decided to step down and will be replaced by Serge Kasongo from southern Belgian band Ackros. None of our upcoming shows will be cancelled and the recordings of the split CD with Fuck The Facts will also go ahead as planned."
A picture of the new line-up can be found at this location.
Here is Boris' statement on the matter: "After 4 of the coolest and craziest years of my life, I've decided to quit my activities in Leng Tch'e. A difficult decision, considering the fact that I really loved the shows/touring and hanging out with these guys. However, I came to a point in my life where other things start to matter. I don't have the energy and commitment anymore that I used to have, so the time has come to part ways with Leng Tch'e. For me it feels like ending a long term relationship and I think it will feel really strange knowing they will go on without me. Nevertheless, I know this is a well considered decision and wish them all the best in the future. Leng Tch'e has made me who I am today. Thanks for that!"
Meshuggah have unveiled the video for "Bleed" in all of its gory, uber-frightening glory. The clip was produced by Ian McFarland and Killswitch Productions. Directed, written and edited by McFarland and Mike Pecci, "Bleed" boasts a fittingly-cinematic horror flick tone, and some genuine scares - seriously!
Killswitch Productions had this to say: "Working with Meshuggah was truly an honor for us. It's extremely cool to work with a band who is willing to allow the music and imagery to speak for itself and who does not insist on themselves being the prominent focus of the video. I think that takes real balls and I admire them as a group for doing so."
You can see the video at the official Meshuggah MySpace.
"Exactly 10 years ago (1998), I (Luke Kenny) was given the opportunity to Re-mix 2 songs for the legendary Death Metal Band "Morbid Angel". For a lot of metal fans this was their first taste to my unique sound and it really helped me get started.
After such a positive response to my (Morbid Angel) re-mixes I was offered a 4 album deal with Earache Records which I spent the next 10 years completing, amongst 100's of live performances all over the world.
With the creation of our own record label "Berzerker Industries" (for the sole purpose of releasing our new material), this means we are now in the position to offer a similar opportunity to you. (because we own the copyright)
Underground thrash legends from Louisiana, Exhorder, have confirmed that this year will see the return of the band and in case that hasn't excited you enough, they'll be working on new music. The lineup for the reunion is as follows:
Kyle Thomas - Vocals
Vinnie Labella - Guitar
Jay Ceravolo - Guitar
Chris Nail - Drums
They are currently awaiting a permanent bassist to complete the lineup. A word from the band can be found here.
Exhorder's classics "Slaughter In The Vatican" and "The Law" are also to be re-released this year through Metal Mind. The following press release regarding the re-issues was posted on April 25:
"The 80's and early 90's metal scene was known for being overcrowded with thrash metal acts, one more repetitive than the other. But despite this generic flood, there were a few names back then that gave new meaning to the word "thrash". One of them was the Louisiana-based Exhorder, a band who had a massive impact on all of future thrash metal. The group released two classic albums - Slaughter In The Vatican and The Law, which to this day stand as the embodiment of sheer thrash power and aggression. While during their career they were rather overlooked, Exhorder resurfaced years later as a thrash metal legend, highly praised by heavy music enthusiasts for their two amazing albums. Rumors of a reunion still echo around the metal scene, but as always - nothing is certain.
Norwegian thrash/death metal band Pica Fierce won the "Norwegian Wacken Metal Battle" final this past Friday night (May 9). The competition was held in Trondheim and featured five of the most promising bands in the Norwegian metal scene today. The winner's prize is a slot at this year's Wacken Open Air festival which is being held July 31 - August 2 in Wacken, Germany.
Pica Fierce posted the following retrospect:
"We had a lotta fun and we will sure do our best to kick ass - representing the Norwegian underground metal-scene in the international finale of Wacken Metal Battle. A huge thanks goes to the jury, and Zone for giving us this great opportunity!"
Check out the winners at: http://www.zone-home.net
Sweden's Evergrey have posted the following studio update:
"It's been a long fucking year negotiating this deals, not something we've enjoyed too much, it's taken its toll on everything from economy to psyche. BUT now it's finally done and we are extremely curious on what the future has in it's hands for us!
We have made changes in everything surrounding Evergrey, everything from management, record-label to booking and, perhaps most important, changed our own approach to this thing called EVERGREY.
It came to a time a while ago where we ALL were tired of everything surrounding this bitch called the music-industry. It affected our whole perception of what and who we were, it most certainly killed everything close to joy and in the end made it feel like a boring 9 - 5 job where you don't like your co-workers and just want to go home.
Moonspell's Fernando Ribeiro (vocals) and Ricardo Amorim (guitar) will perform a short acoustic set on Portugal's national radio station, Antena3, on Monday, May 19th. The broadcast is due to begin around 7:00am local time (UTC/GMT +1 hour).
To listen to the program, go to http://www.antena3.pt and then look for "Manhãs da 3."
Swiss electronic metallers Samael have launched a new project titled Above, which they have labeled the "first virtual metal band ever".
"For the story, Above was formed on the six of June 2006, it is the fruit of a collaboration between creative minds who wanted to focus on a common project. Described as "Merciless over the top Metal with an intensity rarely achieved."
Above's first song "Black Hole", can be heard on the new Above MySpace page.
In other news, here are the most recent tour dates for Samael, with more info available at this location.
Samael Tour Dates:
19/07 Kaltenbach Open Air, Kaltenbach
09/08 M'era Luna Festival, Hildesheim
Toronto's black metallers Eclipse Eternal have issued the following update:
"Hail all. We are proud to announce that Orcus, previously of Panzerfaust, from here on forward will be our permanent bassist. This was an easy decision to make as he is an excellent basssit and a dedicated individual. We look foward to introducing him to live audiences in the near future. On that note, we will start booking shows starting in June outside Toronto. If you are interested contact us. Till we meet of the battlefield hold your head high and keep your weapons sharp."
Eclipse Eternal's new album, "Ubermensch: Evolution Beyond The Species," is out now. The album was mixed in Sweden by Fredrick Nordstom (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Hammerfall).
Agnostic Front have announced a short tour of the U.K. to take place in August, full dates as follow:
Sat 09 - Luton, University (Sub Club)
Sun 10 - Blackpool, Wintergarten
Mon 11 - Peterborough, Met Lounge
Tue 12 - Newport, T.J.'s
Luton doors 7pm tickets £12 in advance (subject to booking fee)
Blackpool doors 12pm day ticket £30 in advance (subject to booking fee)
Peterborough doors 7.30pm ticket £12 in advance (subject to booking fee)
Buy online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or individual box offices.
The album "Warriors" is available though Nuclear Blast Records now.
Canadian metallers Threat Signal have posted the second part of their "Demo Diary" video series.
Threat Signal collaborated with award-nabbing director RT of 235 Films on April 10 for a video shoot for the song "A New Beginning." The track comes off the group's debut album 'Under Reprisal', which was released in North America on August 22, 2006 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Threat Signal recently uploaded a demo version of a new song, entitled "Beyond Recognition," on the group's MySpace page.
For more info on the videos and general band stuff, check out their Official Website.
Scar Symmetry have posted a new track, "Morphogenesis", from their upcoming album, "Holographic Universe", which is set to be unleashed on June 20th through Nuclear Blast. To listen the song go to this location.
"Holographic Universe" tracklist again:
02. Timewave Zero
04. Artificial Sun Projection
05. The Missing Coordinates
06. Ghost Prototype I (Measurement Of Thought)
07. Fear Catalyst
09. Prism And Gate
10. Holographic Universe
11. The Three-Dimensional Shadow
12. Ghost Prototype II (Deus Ex Machina)
As previously announced Metal Mind Productions will release first ever Gorgoroth's DVD. "Black Mass Krakow 2004" DVD with their spectacular show recorded in Krakow, Poland will finally see the light of day on 9th June in Europe and 10th June in US (via MVD).
The DVD will be available in two versions: as a standard DVD and as a very unique star metalpack DVD edition limited to 5000 copies! (more information about this DVD is available here).
Also you can see an exclusive preview track 'Procreating Satan' on MetalMindPoland's official site on YouTube at this location (or by clicking here for a direct link to the video).
The Gathering have posted an update on their official website's forum about the new material they are currently working on.
Sorry it has been a while since you've heard from us. We apologize for this. It actually means that we have been really busy with the band. During the last couple of months we created a lot of new ideas that lead to the first songs of our upcoming CD. Yes, we are working on a new album! Or actually, two new albums! Many of our new songs are very rock and guitar orientated and will end up on a heavy rock album for sure. The second album will be filled with more 'shoe gaze', dreamy tracks.
We can imagine if you are very curious about new vocalists. Currently, we are working with several. It feels very refreshing and interesting to work with different voices and it adds beautiful new colours to our music. Names will be presented as soon as our ideas become more concrete. As promised you will hear new material by the end of this year. The release of our new album is planned for Spring 2009.
Nuclear Blast is very proud to announce its newest signing: technical brutal Death Metal institution Decrepit Birth from Santa Cruz, California. The band, founded in 2001, has so far released two highly acclaimed albums, "…And Time Begins" and "Diminishing Between Worlds" in 2003 and 2008.
Here's a statement from the band:
"Nuclear Blast has a special tradition for signing some of the best Metal acts of all time including Death, Dimmu Borgir, Testament and Exodus just to name a few. We feel very lucky and honoured to be a part of the family! Our intention is to take the music to the next level and continue to release quality Progressive Death Metal. We are confident to have Nuclear Blast in our corner! We also want to thank Unique Leader Records very much for the years of dedication to Decrepit Birth. After we complete more touring in support of the current release, we will begin pre-production for the next album."