15:19 - Apothecary Listened to this last night and it has to be one of the most original things I've heard all year. Mostly ambient/drone, but there's BM, shoegaze, industrial, and a bit of doom in the mix as well. Seriously cool
15:03 - Bad English I will leave MS if rasputin will be promoted to admin
Independent Goth Rock/Metal up-and-comers, Ellsbeth, have finally released their first studio album "Well Dressed Killing Machine" on iTunes. The album, which came out on April 1st, was co/produced by Chris Spilfogel (Dreamgirls, Hairspray), as well as Ellsbeth's guitarist, Sean Lacefield. "Well Dressed Killing Machine", featured 11 original tracks, and the music has been described as "honest" with a "striking melody". The band has already gained a cult following across the nation.
Ellsbeth was formed in 2005 with a goal to set the world of music on fire. After numerous lineup changes, the band is ready to fulfill this dream. The five musicians that make up the female fronted band have gathered from all across the US to bring music that is true and sincere to the masses. With lyrics that are drawn from the "ironic tragedy that is the inner, day-to-day workings of a very human life and the relationships that bind them together," Ellsbeth creates music that people can relate to.
Polish deathsters Vader will team up with California's Decrepit Birth, L.A.'s Warbringer, The Amenta from Australia, Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky from Florida, and Montreal, Canada's Augury for a 38-show "Decibel Presents: Monsters Of Death Tour" through North America beginning November 4th in Baltimore, Maryland.
Vader guitarist/vocalist Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek shares his thoughts on the upcoming trek: "Metal always was and still needs to be a brotherhood. All we were doing to support the music and the scene was cooperating with other bands. Natural seIection decides if a band is really dedicated or if it's just an episode. Not much has changed today, actually.
"Blood Oath", the new album from death metallers Suffocation, is available for streaming in its entirety on the band's official MySpace. "Blood Oath" will be released in Europe on July 3 and in the U.S on July 14 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The big news in the Arch Enemy camp is that Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, etc.) has completed the mixing and mastering of the new Arch Enemy record, "The Root Of All Evil". This special release features a seIection of completely re-recorded songs from the first three Arch Enemy albums, "Black Earth", "Stigmata" and "Burning Bridges", and will be released via Century Media Records on September 28th in Europe and October 6th in North America.
Guitarist Michael Amott comments: "This one took some time to get done, despite the fact that the actual songs were already written a good few years ago! The album was recorded at a few different locations locally here in Sweden - produced by Arch Enemy, with Daniel Erlandsson (drums) handling a lot of the engineering. It was then sent to Andy Sneap in England for the mixing/mastering and I simply can't stop listening to this since I got the final mixes!"
"Never Too Loud" - Danko Jones latest album - will finally be released in the US on September 8'th! It will come out on Bad Taste, with distribution through Caroline/EMI, so it will be available in all good record stores across the country and of course through all good digital retailers as well. More details on this will be announced shortly along with pre-order links etc etc.
Shortly before the US release, on August 24'th, Riot Entertainment will also be releasing the record in Australia! Very excited about all this and hopefully we will have tour dates in place in both these territories in a not too distant future.
The Riot Entertainment press release reads as follows: Danko Jones will release their fourth full-length album, "Never Too Loud" in Australia via Riot Entertainment on August 24.
Polish technical Thrash/Death Metallers known as NeVeR band are releasing their 3rd studio album "Back To The Front". The album is out now in Japan with Spiritual Beast Co. Ltd. Tokyo.
According to a press release, the record seems to be very good musically and it's of very high sound quality. "Back To The Front" was recorded at Studio-X in Poland (mixed by world famousFredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, Sweden and mastered by Tom Meyer in Hamburg, Germany. Special guests appearances on the album include Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy (2 songs and 2 versions of each) and Maurycy "Mauser" Stefanowicz formerly known from Vader (currently in his own band UnSun). Angela Gossow's parts were recorded in Sweden at The Sweatspots Studio by Rickard Bengtsson.
A message from Burton and Dino posted to the Bloodstock festival, which is one of the dates the band were supposed to be playing this summer, reads as follows:
"I am writing to each and every one of you to relay important information regarding the Fear Factory concerts between June 21, through August 15. We regretfully are informing you that we are postponing these dates in Europe, to schedule for later dates.
These particular dates are being postponed in order that we as Fear Factory may finalize the writing and recording of our new music. We are aware that this album will be a very important recording for each of us in Fear Factory. That this album has to be sonically incredible for each and every one of you who are sincerely interested in listening to this latest creation. In order for Fear Factory to create the album of our career, we must focus and work diligently to engineer our rhythms of mechanical death. We feel that rushing to release this recording will not be beneficial to the craft of our manufacturing.
As stated on the official MySpace blog of the band a couple of days ago:
"Porcupine Tree are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their tenth studio album "The Incident". The record is set to be released via Roadrunner Records worldwide on 21st September, as a double CD.
The centre-piece is the title track, which takes up the whole of the first disc. The 55-minute work is described as "a slightly surreal song cycle about beginnings and endings and the sense that 'after this, things will never be the same again'."
The self-produced album is completed by four standalone compositions that developed out of band writing sessions last December - Flicker, Bonnie The Cat, Black Dahlia, and Remember Me Lover feature on a separate EP length disc to stress their independence from the song cycle.
Shining has inked a deal with Norwegian label Indie Recordings, that includes the release of two full-length albums, and the release of the first ever official DVD from the band.
Commenting on the new signing Shining's front man and creator Niklas "Kvarforth" Olsson, said "Shining has reached a stage now where we have a considerable following, that is growing rapidly all the time, and I believe we have reached a new maturity with our music, expanding beyond what people expect from us, and we expect to go even further. It was, therefore, time to notch things up in respect of labels. We liked what Indie have been doing for their other bands, and we felt that Shining would be comfortable in a relationship with them".
Persefone have revealed the cover artwork of their upcoming album "Shin-Ken".
"Shin-Ken" will feature the following tracklist:
01. The Ground Book (Intro)
02. Fall To Rise
03. Death Before Dishonour
04. The Water Book
05. The Endless Path
06. The Wind Book
08. Rage Stained Blade
09. The Fire Book
11. Shin-ken Part I
12. Shin-ken Part II
13. The Void Book
14. Japanese Poem
15. The Sword Of The Warrior
"Shin-ken" has been released in Japan on 22nd July.
Mike Portnoy has posted the following on the Dream Theater website:
"It is with the utmost disappointment that I am forced to share the unfortunate news of both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish having to pull out of this summer's Progressive Nation tour....
Their label Inside Out just recently lost the financial funding for the tour as a result of their distributor SPV recently claiming bankruptcy...which effectively meant that both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish lost the tour support that was essential to their ability to come to North America for Progressive Nation.
All parties involved (myself, both bands, Inside Out, etc) are beyond devastated at this turn of events and are truly sorry to all of the fans that were looking forward to this lineup. We tried everything we could do to salvage the situation, but in the end it was not possible...
Polish metal band Darzamat have posted the following statement about their new label signing with Massacre Records:
One of the most important Polish dark metal band Darzamat has inked a worldwide deal with German Massacre Records. The label is known for working with such bands as King Diamond, Atrocity, Crematory, Darkane, Legion of the Damned, Solitude Aeturnus, Theatre of Tragedy, Das Ich and Disbelief. The group's fifth album "Solfernus' Path", is scheduled for release on August 28 (In Japan album will be released by Spiritual Beast).
Commented Flauros, vocalist of the band: "We are more then happy to announce that we have signed a new record deal at Massacre Records. We hope that thanks to the experience of the Massacre Records crew our music will have a chance to reach more people now. We are really looking forward to working with them and promoting the "Solfernus' Path". We are also extremely happy to enter the Asian market through Spiritual Beast.''
Danish metallers Illdisposed have set "To Those Who Walk Behind Us" as the title of their new album, due on August 28 via Massacre Records. The cover artwork for the album was done by by René Asmussen (Evergrey).
"To Those Who Walk Behind Us" was recorded at AB Studio in Aarhus, Denmark and was mixed at Fredman Studio in Sweden with Fredrik Nordström.
Eleven tracks will appear on the CD which will be available as a jewel case CD, limited digipack with bonus material and strictly limited box set with exclusive t-shirt.