Tunisian Prograssive metal band Myrath are streaming their first track, entitled "Forever And A Day" from their new album Desert Call on MySpace.
The audio track will be the XIII Bis Records version of "Forever And A Day", which means that verse is sung in Arabic. The video trailer will be the Nightmare Records version of the same track, with vocals all in English.
On Wednesday January 6th 2010 anther track "Madness" will be added
Master have announced the following tour dates for Brazil and Europe. The band recently completed recording their upcoming latest full-length offering entitled The Human Machine. A release date is still unknown.
Brazil tour dates
Jan 14 2010 - São José dos Campos, SP
Jan 15 2010 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Jan 16 2010 - Vilha Velha, ES
Jan 17 2010 - Salvador, BA
Jan 22 2010 - Aracaju, SE
Jan 23 2010 - Maceio, AL
Jan 24 2010 - Recife, PE
Jan 28 2010 - Natal, RN
Jan 29 2010 - João Pessoa, PB
Jan 30 2010 - Campina Grande, PB
Jan 31 2010 - Fortaleza, CE
Feb 04 2010 - Picos, PI
Feb 05 2010 - Teresina, PI
Feb 06 2010 - Imperatriz, MA
Feb 07 2010 - Belem, PA
Feb 12 2010 - Palmas, TO
Italian gothic metallers Macbeth spent last months writing and rehearsing the new material for their upcoming fifth album.
The band stated: "Actually we're working on new material and we're pleased to inform you that ten brand-new songs are about to be finished! Things are shaping up really well and we're pretty excited about the new material. We are planning to enter the studio as soon as possible this year. We'll keep you updated..."
In other news, the group's female vocalist Morena is also hosting together with Masha (Exilia) a new radio show named LadyKillers. The show will air from 2:00/5:00 p.m. (CET) each week on Linea Rock (on Radio Lombardia). More info (in Italian) here.
Mercenary have been joined by Danish drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (Submission, The Arcane Order), who made the following comment:
"I'm happy to announce that I have now joined Mercenary. After having shared the stage with Mercenary alongside my band Submission, I became really impressed by their shows and musicianship, so I'm really looking forward to deliver some kick-ass shows as their drummer. I'm also very excited about being involved in the writing for the next album. It will show a new Mercenary, and I mean that in a very positive way. In my opinion the new material will definitely be the strongest to this date!"
Guitarist Jakob Mølbjerg adds: "We're very happy to have Morten join the ranks. Not only is he a true master behind the drums, he's also a very easygoing person with a great musical drive and understanding. With Morten in the band, there's a whole new sense of renewed and shared energy, creativity and ambition. We've had several rehearsal sessions in the last couple of weeks, and the metal just flows. The old songs already sound like Morten have played them for years, and the new material is crushing and intense.
It is our very pleasant duty to disclose information which has been conceived a few weeks ago. The new "dark" horse on Naga productions' roster are Slovak Hromovlad.
The band is well-known by natural and very successful concerts and its potential is still growing. Fans also very familiar with the previous two records, and very quickly Hromovlad's folk / black metal popular.
We believe that together we produce the best Hromovlad's album and look forward to what the year ahead in this respect will.
Mourning Beloveth have posted the following year recap, announcing the departure of original guitarist Brian Delaney and future plans:
"As 2009 withers and dies on its arse, we take this opportunity to dwell on what has been a busy and rather eventful year in the world of Mourning Beloveth.
On the live front, April 09 saw us finally back on the road in Europe, the "Milestones of Misery" tour saw us fulfill our commitment to reschedule the 11th Hour postponement of 08's "Age of Disease" tour dates. Along with our partners of alcohol induced Doom, Mournful Congregation and Longing For Dawn, this jaunt proved a great success, both in new and more familiar cities, and was the first major project since agreeing a booking deal with Lugga Music.
According to a band update, Mathias Röderer is no more playing for Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity for family reasons. Matze has been a part of Atrocity from the beginning (1985) and did music with the band for more than 20 years. Both bands wish him the best for his future!
Sander van der Meer from Dutch death metallers Cypher will take up the place on second guitar for Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity.
Dutch metallers The Gathering have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
We want to thank all you nice people that has supported and followed us through 2009; a very exciting year for us here in The Gathering.
We are truly grateful and it means a lot to us that we had such a nice response on The West Pole and the new line up of The Gathering! We are very much looking forward to another eventful year with touring lots of countries and meeting many of you friends and fans playing and sharing our common interest: music.
When all the snow came down here before Christmas we used the opportunity to enjoy it making a brand new little video for "No Bird Call". You can see it here."
German Thrash metallers Paradox have issued the following update:
"We are sorry to inform you, that we had to split with Kai Pasemann (guitar) and Roland Jahoda (drums). We had no choice, because we found out we have a different view on how to reach our goals. We thank Kai & Roland for the years they stayed with us and wish them all the best in their future!
Skilled lead guitarists and drummers, who want to work with us professionally on a long term contact us at paradoxbangers aol com.
In February 2011 we plan to release our new album for the 25th anniversary of the band. Paradox is still alive!"
Einherjer have issued the following update on their official MySpace:
"2009 has been a good year for Einherjer. We did some great festivals with Wacken Open Air as the definitive highlight. We got great response and we had a great time. We also spent most of 2009 to write new material and now it's time to bring to the production to the next phase.
Einherjer will enter Studio Borealis in January to start recording the new, yet untitled, album. This will be our first album in 7 years. The last Einherjer album was Blot, released by Tabu Recordings in 2003."
Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have posted a lengthy band update and year recap on their website. You can read the whole message here. In what appears to be the band's New Year's resolution, Korpiklaani have announced the shocking news they will enter the studio again somewhere this year to record - surprise surprise - yet another album.
"We are looking forward to 2010... Our second USA/Canada Paganfest Tour will start soon, just a couple of days before we take the plane again, and move to the USA and Canada for a couple of weeks, and play daily gigs. And... we can pack our suitcases again soon after this for the South America Tour, which is rescheduled for March. In the meantime we will play some gigs in our beloved homeland. As always, a lot of expectations, a lot of questions, and a lot of (hopefully good) surprises ahead. Also in 2010 we plan to go to the studio again to record a new album, which title is still a secret... also to us. And of course we hope, and guess, that we will meet many of our old and new fans. That really keeps us going! A happy new year to you all, and see you in 2010!"
Belgian metallers Thurisaz have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"2009 has been a year of heights and lows for Thurisaz... First there was the departure of our bassplayer Lars, which was a very though decision to make but in the end the right decision for both him and the band. We are still very grateful for all he did for Thurisaz throughout the years and wish him all the best in his future endeavours!
The departure meant of course there was room for a new recruit: Hannes Leroy, a long time friend of the band. With Hannes joining, Thurisaz finally found back the energy and inspiration it was looking for since quite some time. And that paid off!
Since a year we've started to write new material, with ups and downs, but we're nearing the final stage. Recordings will be done next spring in the CCR-studio, where we recorded our both previous albums. We've always enjoyed working with Kris from CCR, so we're very much looking forward to record there again! But... no promises yet on a release date, to avoid false hopes.
Sir Christopher Lee is to become Christopher Cheese once more.
The project is called Charlemagne. It is the story of King Charlemagne, First Holy Roman Emperor, acted and sung by the legendary actor Christopher Lee. Sir Christopher is the highest grossing actor of all time, with cinematic milestones such as "Lord Of The Rings", "Star Wars", "The Man with the Golden Gun" and "Dracula", amongst over 280 movies - and still counting!
The Carandinis, Lee's maternal ancestors, were given the right to bear the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire by the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Through his Carandini ancestors, Christopher Lee has a direct link to Charlemagne, and has decided for the first time in his life to pay homage to his distinguished ancestor, who is credited as "The Father of Europe".