Throes Of Dawn have posted the following album update:
"Finally, I am pleased to tell you that the recordings of the fifth album have been finished on most parts and the sound engineer will start the mixing process at the very beginning of January.
As you can guess, the recording of this album has not been an easy task. It has required the patience of a dead animal to pull this thing through. But I can guarantee you it has been well worth all the time and trouble. This album is going to be the ultimate Throes Of Dawn album, our magnum opus.
We are well behind the schedules and plans, and I´m not going to give you any release date because it will propably not hold anyway, but the most important thing is that we are actually making progress and all the work will be over very soon."
Singapore's Rudra have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"The band is pleased to announce the title of the forthcoming album. The album shall bear the name "Brahmavidya: Transcendental I". It shall feature fourteen tracks with a total running time of about 70 minutes, produced by Joshua G. Nair & Sean Loo. However, the bad news is that the band had to prematurely terminate its relationship with Trinity Records Hong Kong. The band is currently shopping for a new label home or labels willing to secure territorial licenses. This setback may delay the release of the CD. More updates will be coming your way soon.
German death metallers Debauchery are wishing their fans a bloody New Year and have the following resolutions made for 2009:
"We are back from our Blood God Rising In The East World Tour 2008, which brought us to 16 countries and even to the People's Republic of China. Thanks to all of you crazy guys and girls who checked out our shows. 2008 was very successful for Debauchery. We toured all over the world, spawned the "Continue To Kill" record and are still alive.
But what to expect of 2009: The new record "Rockers & War" will come in April. The first part, the WAR part, contains 6 songs of violence and death. Some even sound a little bit like Slayer with keyboards or Dimmu Borgir black metal. I don't know. Cool stuff, fast, melodic but brutal as hell. All the speed freaks will love the Savage Mortician with it's 280 Bpm. The titles are:
"Carpathian Forest havent played live since 2006 but its now official that Carpathian Forest will do a few selected live shows in 2009 (one of them being the Inferno Festival in Norway). The band is busy writing the follow up album to "Fuck You All!!!!" and since the band is not promoting a new album when doing these shows, the band will focus on old classics, many of which have never been played live before! Watch out for announcements of live shows near you! The shows will include guest musicians a new set list, and a new stage setting."
According to Blabbermouth sources, in addition, the live performances will be filmed for a possible Carpathian Forest DVD release.
Dutch thrash metal band Dead Head have posted the following on their MySpace:
"Our new album "Depression Tank" is finally done. Feel free to check out the first song "Less Than Zero". It's in our player NOW! Over the next few weeks, we will disclose at least one more new song. The album will be released by Displeased Records in February."
"Depression Tank" facts:
recorded at Hooiland Studios, Zwolle
mixed and mastered by Robert Slump
artwork by Wicliff Wolda, who also did the "Haatland"-artwork.
01. Dissolved In Purity
02. Green Angel
04. The Swing
Stockholm-based metallers Eventide have issued the following update:
"We have a strong feeling that this new year will be a good year for Eventide. We are writing material for a full-length album that we'll start recording in a couple of months. The new songs are turning out great and we are extremely excited to show the world our new works. Hopefully we'll manage to convince a decent label that this music is worth investing in."
And from the band's MySpace:
"We finished writing yet another song last night! This means we now have 7 songs done plus alot of ideas and riffs about to take shape. The plan is to start recording sometime this spring/early summer. I can assure you that the new album will blow your heads off!!"
German black metallers Endstille have posted the following short update:
"We booked JAKs-Hell again to record our sixth album for January/February 2009. The album will be entitled "Verführer" and will be released via Regain Records in Spring/Summer 2009. We are also planning to do a European Tour in fall. Some shows and festivals are confirmed so far."
Swiss melodic metal band Felony have announced the addition of new female singer Melissa to the group's ranks. As the band mentioned on their official site, the new line up will make its live debut on March 7, 2009 at Downstairs in Worblaufen, Switzerland.
Devian, Sweden's blackened death/thrash commando will be touring Europe in February and March 2009 together with country mates Unleashed and Diabolical and the Austrian Belphegor. The Hammer Battalion North Tour will start in the 27th of February and end up on the 14th of March in Goteborg (Sweden).
Devian will be promoting their new release "God To The Illfated" released through Century Media. Devian's vocalist Legion comments on the coming tour: "Despite the fact that I´ve been on the road since the mid 90'ies, Scandinavia is almost untouched ground for me. It seems appropriately and fucking cool to take Devian out on our first Nordic leg of touring supporting Unleashed, one of the forefathers and iconic acts of the Northern scene. Hell over Scandinavia! Hail!!"
According to a New Year's posting on the band's website, 2009 is to be expected a good year for Suidakra and it starts right now with the release of the band's brand new video clip for the track "Shattering Swords" taken from the new album "Crógacht". You can watch the video on http://www.suidakra.com or on YouTube in high quality here.
"Crógacht" will be released via Wacken Records/SPV on February 20 (Germany), February 23 (rest of Europe) and March 3 (N. America).
According to the band, "you can expect a decent Irish influence on the new record, so fans of folk metal can rest easy. Fans of Suidakra's harder tunes must not fear; "Crógacht" will kick your asses as hard as usual, if not harder. Famous Belgian artist Kris Verwimp was in charge not only of designing first-class album art, but also arranged first-class lyrical concepts and song texts!"
We just finished our European tour with Arch Enemy, Mercenary and Sister Sin, which we played with our new line-up for the first time. We're really feeling like a unity, having a great time on the road although we had to go through some technical problems here and there. It was very nice to meet our fans and friends again!
One of the finest moments on this tour was playing with Doro, celebrating her 25th anniversary together with 8.000 fans and other bands and musicians (see picture with Liv, Tarja, Floor, Sabina, Ji-In and Girlschool). We also played at the 25th anniversary of Germany's first Metal temple, the Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, situated in our hometown. This was a very special night for everybody.
Drummer Marcus Losbjer of the Swedish metal band Wolverine has issued the following update:
"I'm looking forward to FINALLY record the new album, after more than 3(!) years of writing in a limbo! The absence of inspiration have been really severe this time. This album have been a struggle to write, by far the most difficult album to puzzle together out of all the Wolverine albums. It's the complete opposite to the last album ("Still") that was a dream to write. It was fast and actually quite easy!
As you may have read on forums, MySpace and so on, we've had more difficulties to deal with this year than just the minor problems concerning the band. The heartproblems with Stefans daughter has maybe been the toughest. A reminder of how fragile we are! Everything has been mixed into a big melting-pot, just ready to explode! Thankfully, it didn't.
"AC/DC had been in existence for six years and had released as many albums when they recorded this rollicking show at Towson State College, near Baltimore, Maryland. The band was in its prime, with vocalist Bon Scott leading the group through what would later be viewed as some of their strongest material, with the Young Brothers (Angus and Malcolm) driving the guitar-boogie riffs at full throttle.
The band had just released "Highway To Hell", the album that would break the entertaining Aussie band worldwide, and was burning up the rock radio charts with a platter of classics that included "Girl's Got Rhythm," "Touch Too Much," and the title track.
Just like last year, Mob Rules are wishing their fans a Happy New Year with promises for a new album. The band revealed the following:
"Meanwhile the band continues to work on the new (already 6th) album. No album title is confirmed yet, but a "hint" to the previous album "Ethnolution A.D." is likely. The main part of songs is already composed, also the band has started to record the first songs in the studio. This time Mob Rules' members work in legs to secure the best result possible. Beside the known Mob Rules qualities the new album will hold some surprises and unexpected things in store. One secret can be revealed here now: the six Northern Germans have written the longest song of their career so far and will amaze you with a real Melodic Metal pamphlet that lyrically deals with a very exciting up-to-date subject.
Dark Moor are sad to announce that Dani Fernandez has decided to parts ways with the band. "We want to thank Dani for his work and dedication all these years and wish the very best for the future!"
You can read a personal statement from the former Dark Moor bassist here:
"I will try to go straigh to the point in this statement. After thinking about this a lot, I took this tough decision that my time in Dark Moor ends here.
In the last few months my head was not with Dark Moor and this situation could have been damaging for the band and for my personal relation with Alfred, Enrik and Roberto in a near future, therefore after some conversations with the guys I have made this decision, which I think is the right thing to do.