Aura Noir are about to return with undoubtedly their finest & ugliest offering yet with new album "Hades Rise". The follow-up to 2004's hit "The Merciless" is due for release on August 25th & features guest appearances by Danny Coralles (Abscess/Autopsy) & former guitarist Blasphemer. Head over to the following minisite for audio tracks, release info & more.
The tracklisting is as follows:
01. Hades Rise
02. Gaping Grave Awaits
03. Unleash The Demon
04. Pestilent Streams
05. Schitzoid Paranoid
07. Shadows Of Death
08. Iron Night/Torment Storm
09. South American Death
10. The Stalker
Check out the tracks "Gaping Grave Awaits" and "Shadows Of Death" at the bottom of Peaceville's Hades Rise page here.
Mariusz Duda, Riverside's singer and bass player, together with fellow musicians, has just finished working on his solo album, "Lunatic Soul." The release date has been set for October 13th, 2008. The album will be released on the British label Snapper Music, more specifically - Kscope, known for having released the earlier albums of Porcupine Tree, and presently producing Anathema and No-Man. In Poland on Mystic Production. On the "Lunatic Soul" album you will find 10 atmospheric tracks making up 47 minutes of music.
Mariusz Duda: "I touched upon a vital subject on this record, namely... death. What came out of this was a conceptual journey to the world beyond full of reflections on transience and all we may want to leave after we pass (if we want to leave anything). In the sphere of music, it will be intriguing. I would call those sounds oriental-alternative, not really having anything in common with progressive rock. An interesting fact is that there is no electric guitar here at all."
UK Death Metal band Benediction have posted a preview page for their upcoming album "Killing Music" at this location. Check out two brand new tracks from the album, called "Killing Music" and "They Must Die Screaming", as well as other information about the band.
"Killing Music" will be released on August, 22nd. The limited edition digipak will contain a bonus DVD with a studio report and some dirty live tunes. Nuclear Blast will also re-release the previous six albums of Benediction on August, 8th. Three packages, each with two albums in a noble super jewelcase with loads of bonus material.
Kobi Farhi, vocalist of Israel's Orphaned Land has posted the following statement regarding the status of the band's highly anticipated follow-up to 2004's much celebrated "Mabool" album as well as their participation in the upcoming new documentary by Sam Dunn ("Metal: A Headbanger's Journey") "Global Metal":
"Hello to all the orphans out there! We are happy to inform you that the writing process of our long awaited album "The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR" is about to end soon, we have more than 90 minutes of written music. We don't like to repeat ourselves, so do not expect a "Mabool Vol. 2"! Of course, the female vocals and the oriental instruments will be there as always, but "ORwarriOR" is different and I can say for sure that it is more extreme, powerful and less progressive. Still, like all our albums, it is Orphaned Land and you'll all notice that. Watch out for the first single, which is the opener of the album called: "Sapari"!
Megadeth's webmaster has issued the following update after a call to Dave Mustaine:
"So... I was talking to my beloved master tonight on the phone and he wanted me to let you all know that things are moving along oh so well with the brand new studio! The project is in its initial phases... large warehouse type deal... slowly converting into part deluxe recording studio... pre production... start recording new album in Fall!
Dave is quite psyched about this studio and getting the band in, and everyone else involved to lay down some tracks and put out the next stellar Megadeth album! Ahh yes, life is good."
German metallers Axel Rudi Pell will release their new album, entitled "Tales Of The Crown", on October 24th in Germany (October 27th in the rest of Europe and October 28th in US/Canada) via SPV Records.
SPV press release:
"With an impressive seventeen releases in 19 years, the Axel Rudi Pell Band counts among the most consistent, lasting and creative acts in the whole of Europe. Very few German guitarists can point to as long and successful a career as the musician from Bochum, whose unmistakable signature marks not only his characteristic guitar style, but also his compositional skills. 27 October 2008 (Germany: 24 October 2008) will see the arrival of his eighteenth offering, "Tales Of The Crown", a haunting studio album featuring ten brand-new compositions. "Our fans will get just the kind of songs they have come to know and expect from me and my band", says Pell, adding, "plus a few little innovations". Axel Rudi Pell is referring to the contemporary touch which some of his latest tracks feature, mainly in terms of rhythm. "But don't worry, these modern approaches are only gradual and don't affect the typical flair of my songs".
WarCry have announced the title and the tracklist of their upcoming new album on their official website. The album will be called "Revolución" and the tracklist goes as follows:
01. La Última Esperanza
02. El Cazador
03. Nada Como Tu
04. La Carta Del Adiós
05. Invierno En Mi COrazón
07. La Prisión Invisible
08. La Vida En Un Beso
09. El Camino
10. Absurda Falsedad
11. Devorando El Corazón
Judas Priest have confirmed live dates for Mexico and Argentina.
Oct. 27 - Monterrey, Mexico - Arena Monterrey
Oct. 29 - Guadalajara, Mexico - VFG Arena
Oct. 30 - Puebla, Mexico - Auditorium Siglo XXI
Oct. 31 - Mexico City, Mexico - Sportspalace
Nov. 03 - Columbia, Bogota - Palacio Deportes
Nov. 06 - Santiago, Chile - Arena
Nov. 08 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Luna Park
Nov. 12 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Teatro Bourbon
Nov. 14 - Rio De Janiero, Brazil- Citibank Hall
Nov. 15 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credit Card Hall
Nov. 16 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credit Card Hall
Still more dates for Central and South America will be announced soon.
Finally! After so many rumors, after so many tours in other countries, after so many delays due to festivals and programming issues, Carcass will do one special gig in Mexico City.
September-16-2008 is a date that must be on every mexican calendar pinned with blood and guts, the masters of Goregrind, the pioneers of Melodeath and the true kings of extreme metal have announced a date in Mexico City, the gig will take place at "El Circo Volador", the flyer is not ready yet, but at least we have a date now.
"We enter Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, CA tomorrow to start working on our fourth Metal Blade full length! We'll be doing the drums with the mighty Zach Ohren (All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth) and then over to Sharkbite studios to record the rest and mix with our man Billy Anderson. This is going to be devastating, we promise. The new material is over the top. The lyrics, as hateful as "Karma.Bloody.Karma" but much more disgusting this time around.
We'll be announcing the name of the album, song titles and cover art when we have completed the recording! Details on that, studio reports and fly on the wall footage in the studio coming soon!"
Drummer Jeff Oly Olson has issued the following statement:
"Under great consideration, I have decided to part ways with Trouble. My reasons are justified. I felt like I was never taken seriously as a musician with the guys from Trouble, but I did the best I could in that 28 year effort with the band. That is all I would like to say for now. However, this is not a retirement from the music industry for I have my band, Retro Grave, with the full length coming out in a few months with fine players (the EP was a solo effort). I thank the Trouble fans for all their support and dedication and I'm sorry if I let you down. Moreover, I will say that Bruce and Rick are the drive and sound for Trouble and every one else are replaceable, so I'm sure they will carry on well. It's been an honor to have played with Bruce, Rick and Eric. I would also like to mention to Kerrang Magazine that I'm not leaving to become a preacher as you once noted many years ago and never corrected".
Winds Of Plague recently stirred up some controversy as their much-anticipated new video for the track "The Impaler" (taken from "Decimate The Weak" album) was rejected by MTV for it's supposed "graphic language and questionable content". However, this didn't deter MySpace Metal from stepping up to the plate and debuting the clip on their site, which has just gone live. Click on this link to check it out now.
Johnny (vocals) further states:
"We wanted to create a video that was entertaining and a bit outside the box as far as metal videos go. We were torn between an over the top epic metal video and a more fun, rap club style video, so we decided to combine the two worlds since we have been known to cross over genres anyways. We had a lot of our good friends come down to the location in Los Angeles and just had a blast putting this video together. Despite being really sick, it was one of the most fun days of my life. Director Jake Avignone was amazing to work with and I was really impressed with how efficient and smooth the whole operation went. I hope it confuses the hell out of everyone and makes traditional metal patrons heads explode."
Only a few month after bass player and founding member Daevas left Black Metal band Secrets Of The Moon, now also guitarist A.D. quits the band.
A.D., who had significant influence on the songwriting for the band's latest album "Antithesis" (2006), explains his decision: "Due to my all-dominant negativity I cannot extract a single good aspect from representing my music live on stage any more. Thus the time on the road has been horrible for me. After I hit rock bottom the last time I decided to stop it all."
S.O.T.M. mastermind sG finds himself distress in view of the situation: "I feel like a shadow these days. Humble, yet having the will to appear more potent than ever when all this struggle is endured one day. A.D.'s leaving is comprehensible for all people involved in the band, still it hits us with an intensity which consequences are not foreseeable yet." Still he forcefully denies rumors that the Secrets Of The Moon have split up or will do so in the near future.
German female-fronted gothic metallers Flowing Tears have set "Thy Kingdom Gone" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in October via Ascendance Records.
It will be a concept album containing 12 songs.
Posted by the band on their MySpace site:
''It has probably become the darkest and most intense one we ever did. We are really excited about how this one turned out and can't wait for you to listen to it!
I think we really managed to capture the essence of what Flowing Tears is about: there is tons of really heavy melancholic guitar stuff, tons of atmospheres, and probably the most personal and dedicated lyrics we have ever written.
Somehow the album pretty much breathes the spirit of albums like "Joy parade" or "Jade" in terms of atmosphere and density, even though it..s much heavier. And even though the album feels very homogenous, it is probably our most varied one. There is a lot to discover...you'll be surprised. Expect an intense one. No party music, not meant to have a good time with definitely.
Swedish Death Metallers Sanctification have announced their new album title as "Black Reign". Peter Tägtgren from the legendary Hypocrisy and Emperor Magus Caligula from the mighty Dark Funeral have contributed guest vocals on this new album and the tracklisting are as follows:
01. Thirst For Blood
02. Black Reign
05. Hear This
06. Dead Forever
07. Flesh, Bone And Skin
08. Trucido Christianese
The band commented: "We are done and back home from the studio. The recording was nothing but a walk in the park, fun as hell!! Everyone in the band did a super job and everything sounds awesome! There have been some changes in the band as well; Kristoffer Hell is the new singer since Mohlin doesn't have the time that is needed. He has a big family and that is his life. So Mr. Hell is now in charge of both bass and vocals.