11:49 - BlackEssence Summoning have a lot of dungeon synth in their work. Basically, they're playing black metal but with hard dungeon synth elements.
11:45 - BlackEssence Dungeon synth is basically atmospheric/epic black metal without guitars and vocals. Usually thoose are lofi tracks played on some synths and keyboards. Chech Arath, BUrzums Duadi Baldrs and Hliðskjálf, Erang, Lord Lovidicus and So
Costa Rica's Catholic church is calling for respect from the Swedish black metal band Marduk, who will be making an appearance in Costa Rica later this week on the Baphomet Fest.
Marduk has been strongly criticized by religious groups for its anti-Christian lyrics and even branding the band as "satanic."
Mario Segura, Catholic priest and spokesperson for the Curia Metropolitana, said "they should have more respect because they are sacred things", referring to the band's use of religious articles, like an inverted cross in its album cover art.
Segura said he considers that this type of music and message cannot encourage any good in Costa Rica's youth.
Marduk will be in Costa Rica on Thursday July 29 at the Pepper Disco Club (formerly The City). The band last made an appearance in Costa Rica in 2003.
Reunited Animosity line-up Corrosion Of Conformity have added three new October dates to their previously announced tour dates.
With the twenty-fifth anniversary of the classic Animosity album approaching, the original incarnation of Corrosion of Conformity (Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin) will play their first live shows in over twenty years with the tour kick-off this week in Asheville, NC. The band will be performing songs from Animosity, Technocracy and some new stuff.
The reunited trio announced earlier this month that they have recorded a new seven-inch single, Your Tomorrow (Parts 1 and 2), which will be available at all upcoming tour dates and via Southern Lord's website.
Within Temptation has announced a headlining tour for February 2011 in the following update:
"We are very excited to make this announcement. As you know, we have been very busy working on our new album in the past year. It isn't finished yet, but we're getting there! We currently have the album scheduled for the beginning of 2011 and of course we will be touring soon after the album release! We're returning to the European stages in February and March for the first part of the tour and head straight into the festival season after that.
We will be sending special links out to our fan club members starting Wednesday July 28th, so they will be able to take part in an exclusive pre-sale for fan club members only. Check here to see the details on Wednesday. General presale will start on Friday July 30th unless otherwise mentioned on our tour page. Check back for all the exact pre-sale links. There will be Twitter-tags for all the shows. If you mention them in your Twitter-messages, you will be able to see who else is going to the same show as you and communicate with them! Here are the dates of the first part of the tour, we hope to see you there!"
The long wait is almost over, Blind Guardian's new opus At the Edge of Time will be released in Europe on July 30th. The band states: "You have all been so nice and patient, therefore we have decided to share 3 full length tracks from the album with you. So, brush up a little on the writings of Michael Moorcock and George R.R. Martin and enjoy the following tracks "Tanelorn (Into the Void)", "War of the Thrones", and "A Voice in the Dark". Head over to this location to check them out!
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, Death Angel, have unveiled the track listing and contributing guest musicians for their new album Relentless Retribution. The record is set for release on September 3rd in Europe and the 14th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
"Claws In So Deep" features performances by the popular acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The track "Truce" also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof. Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof. The album will be released on September 3rd in Europe and September 14th in North America.
UnSun will release its second album Clinic For Dolls on October 11th via Mystic Production in Europe. American and Japan release dates will be announced soon. The cover artwork for UnSun's new album was created by Hi-Ress Studio.
Clinic For Dolls cover art] tracklist:
01. The Lost Wa
02. Clinic For Dolls
05. Not Enough
06. The Last Tear
08. I Ceased
09. A Single Touch
"Deliverance Is Mine", the new video from Swedish metallers Soilwork, can be viewed at this location. The clip was directed by Ivan Colic (Ex Deo, Type O Negative, Unleashed) and produced by Stanimir "Staca" Lukic (Moonspell, Kamelot, Deathstars, Type O Negative).
"Deliverance Is Mine" comes off the band's latest album, The Panic Broadcast, which was released this month via Nuclear Blast Records.
"Astron Black" and "Astronomica / Saturnian Moon", two new songs from Greek metallers Nightfall, are available for streaming at this location.
The two songs come off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants, which is scheduled for release on August 30 via Metal Blade Records. The album was produced by Karadimas and Uken (who has previously worked with God Dethroned, Dew-Scented and Sinister). The cover artwork of the album was created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Death, Nevermore, Katatonia).
Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants cover art] tracklist:
02. Astron Black
03. Astronomica / Saturnian Moon
04. Astra Planeta / We Chose The Sun
Swedish metallers Dark Funeral have issued the following update on the band's official website:
"This is Caligula of Dark Funeral!
I would like to inform all of our fans that on Saturday, August 21, at the Summer Breeze festival in Germany, I will be doing my last show with Dark Funeral.
Naturally I have mixed feelings about this decision, but it is final!
They say that every person will have about 15min of fame during their life...!
Well, I have had a hell-of-a-ride for 15 years now together with Lord Ahriman and Dark Funeral.
As some people love to spread weird rumors about others, let me make this clear once and for all. I have not committed suicide, I have not taken an overdose, nor are there any personal issues between me and Dark Funeral.
Imperfect Harmonies, the new album from Serj Tankian will be available to purchase on September 7 on iTunes and in stores. The iTunes LP comes with exclusive photos, a bonus track, and even interactive lyric sheets that you can play with the music!
There's even going to be a limited edition version of the album that you'll only be able to get exclusively through SerjTankian.com, so stay tuned for details.
Imperfect Harmonies cover art] tracklist:
01. Disowned Inc.
02. Borders Are...
05. Reconstructive Demonstrations
07. Gate 21
08. Yes, It's Genocide
09. Peace Be Revenged
10. Left Of Center
11. Wings Of Summer
After 8 successful studio albums it's about time to release a "Best Of" album of At Vance. Titled Decade, it not only includes the highlights from all At Vance records but also rare songs, Japanese bonus tracks, cover versions and the popular adaptions of classical masterpieces (Vivaldi, Beethoven...). Decade will be made available as 2-CD set.
Decade cover art] tracklist:
01. Only Human
02. Take Me Away
03. Take My Pain
06. Broken Vow
07. The Evil In You
08. Fallen Angel
09. The Curtain Will Fall
12. Cold As Ice
13. Flying High (Remastered)
14. Princess Of The Night
15. Heart Of Steel
16. Ride The Sky
UK metallers Annotations Of An Autopsy have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Sam decided to leave after te tour to follow home life with is girlfriend and loved ones, his heart wasnt into touring anymore so he made the decision to leave, we left on good terms and we wish that ugly prick the best of luck (Hate you Sam you burger loving fatty).
We parted ways with Brad recently do to a number of reasons, the main one being distance as he lived over 100 miles away from the rest of us and it made it very difficult for us to rehurse, that coupled with disagreements with certain band members made make the decision to part ways with him, He is currently looking for a new band within the london area and trying to go further with his MMA. You can reach him on his facebook if youre intrested in him drumming for you, just search Brad Merry.
US heavy rockers Soil have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"I'm sure you are all wondering what is happening in the world of SoiL after all the rumors and statements that have been going around. Late last week we learned of AJ's intentions as he notified us of his "indefinite hiatus". Then we learned of Tom's intentions, As did all of you, via the Blabbermouth statement he issued a few days ago.
We have decided that the show must and will go on. We refuse to let the fans, promoters, and radio stations down on such short notice. We decided to ask our friend's Jordan Lee (vox) and Mike Tignino (drums) to fill in. Both Jordan and Mike are awesome musicians and have been long time Soil followers and to us it is an honor to have them join us for the already confirmed shows. We will take full advantage of this opportunity to perform some classic songs we haven't played in years and can promise you we will deliver a powerful and energetic show that will meet and surpass the standards we have always set for our live shows.