Finnish traditional doomsters MINOTAURI have signed a deal with Firebox Records. The band's final album, aptly named just "II" was supposed to be released by Italian cult label Black Widow Records, but due to various reasons, it never materialized.
After this, Minotauri signed to a French label Sound Spheric Records and after signing the deal, the label's boss died in a car accident, thus eliminating that label.
Finally, Finnish label Firebox Records came to rescue and the release date for the Minotauri II is set to be 18th of April 2007. The band just finished their (propably) last shows with their friends Reverend Bizarre & Spiritus Mortis on a mini-tour titled "Friends of Hell II".
Jevo, the mastermind behind Soulitude - a free to download power metal project - has issued the following statement on the official SOulitude website:
There will be another work released in 2007.
Almost 100% of the music is written and now it is time to start writing the lyrics.
This time it won't be a conceptual album. Music is more fresh and up-to-date, less epic but
more solid and powerfull. I've been in contact with a couple of musicians for the vocals and drums and
I hope to start recording in spring so the album may be ready at the end of spring or summer.
There won't be so many singers as in the first album because I'd like to have fix members so
Soulitude can became also a live band and not only studio project.
German goth metallers Xandria are currently in Principal Studios in Senden, Germany recording the successor to 2005's India. The album will be released at the end of May 2007 via Drakkar Records.
The band has posted the following message on their website:
From today on Xandria are back in the studio (Principal Studios, Germany), to begin the recordings for the new album, that will be released before summer 2007.
For the first time we will do a studio diary - which we hope to be up to date all the time, if we can achieve it ;-) -, and you all can find it in our Forum, so you can be "with" us all the time! We are very looking forward to the recordings and think that you soon can read our first statements!
Silent Force's new record label, AFM Records, announced that their new album, "Walk The Earth", will be available February 16th. Cover art can be found at this location.
"This record is exactly how melodic Power Metal should sound in 2007! Honest, down to earth, powerful, cleverly arranged but not completely melodic. Silent Force once again utilised the services of producer Dennis Ward, so prepare for February. The Gods of Power Metal will Walk The Earth; once again!"
"Walk The Earth" will be available on December 21st via Nexus Japan, along with an as-yet-untitled bonus track.
Honoring it's 20th anniversary, cult thrash metal outfit Détente have re-issued and re-mastered their debut release "Recognize No Authority", with Brad Vance at Redmastering.
The album is of special significance as it was responsible for launching the careers of both metal superproducer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot, Fear Factory, Soulfly) and vocalist the late Dawn Crosby of Fear Of God.
The album will soon be reissued in the USA and Germany by Cognitive Records. The CD will be distributed in the USA by The End Records and in Germany by Hellion Records. Additional distributors will be announced shortly. The expected release is early December.
Ten years ago, on December 15 1996, Dawn Crosby passed away after an acute liver failure due to years of excessive alcohol abuse.
Stream of Passion will make a small tour in Europe this winter under the name "Stream of Passion feat. Ayreon" (as in the DVD). They will perform material from Ayreon and Star One but focus on their own songs.
This message has been posted on their official homepage:
We can confirm a new Stream of Passion show on January 19 in Helsinki, Finland. These are all the currently confirmed dates:
18 Jan - The Rock / Copenhagen (DK)
19 Jan - Nosturi / Helsinki (FI)
21 Jan - Biebob / Turnhout (BE)
26 Jan - Bibelot / Dordrecht (NL)
3 Feb - Rotherham (venue TBA) (UK)
Rare video footage from the DVD that accompanied Bathory's career-spanning box set, "In Memory of Quorthon", has been posted online at YouTube.com. Check it out:
Part#1 | Part#2 | Part#3
Released this past June via Black Mark Records, "In Memory of Quorthon" contains three CDs, one DVD, a book and a poster. Börje "Boss" Forsberg — owner of Black Mark Records and father of late Bathory mainman Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg — had previously stated that the package would contain "Quorthon's and Bathory's complete musical history."
Quorthon was found dead in his apartment in Stockholm, Sweden on June 7, 2004. The 39-year-old, widely considered to be one of black metal's founding fathers, reportedly died of heart failure.
Dark Funeral, Evergrey, Nocturnal Rites, Sonic Syndicate and Manticore are the first confirmed bands for the Gates of Metalbåten festival, set to take place April 26-27 on the Silja Festival ferry (which traffics the Baltic Sea between Stockholm, Sweden and Turku, Finland).
For more information visit, http://www.metalbaten.se.
Timo Kotipelto's (Stratovarius) video for the track 'Sleep Well' can be seen online at this location.
Recently commenting on the song, Timo stated, "The song will be in a Finnish movie, Vares 2, which will have it's premiere January 12th 2007. The song is a main theme and can be heard when the credits are scrolling at the end of the movie.
The music video includes clips from the movie. Some of the actors who are playing the characters on these clips are my personal friends and are very well known in Finland."
The track is also expected to be included on Kotipelto's upcoming solo release, due next year through his High And Loud Records label.
Norther's video for the new song "Frozen Angel" has been posted online at this location.
The track is featured on the soundtrack to the new Finnish film "V2: Jäätynyt Enkeli", which is being released in Finland on January 5 via King Foo Entertainment. Also scheduled to appear on the soundtrack are Amorphis, Kotipelto and Thunderstone, among other artists.
The following message has been posted on Samael's homepage:
"Samael finished the recording of their new album. A pre-mix of three songs has been done at the end of November, in order to present it to different record companies. Final mix is expected to take place early next year. If you want to taste it before it's baked, you can listen to the song "Slavocracy" here."
Firewind have just added a new video to their Fire TV site at YouTube.com. The track is the "the legendary" Firewind instrumental 'The Fire & The Fury' (from 2003's "Burning Earth"). Filmed in Amsterdam, Holland on October 22nd, according to the band "this showcases Firewind's high energy live show."
Click here to watch. The video was filmed and edited by Patric Ullaeus (Revolver Film Company).
Polish extreme metal titans Behemoth entered the studio this week (December 11) to begin tracking their much-anticipated new album, "The Apostasy" (thesaurus definition of the word: the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause ) which is currently set for a summer release. The new effort will be recorded in the band's hometown with mainman Nergal and longtime sound engineer Malta in the producer's chair.
Nergal (vocals, guitars) checks in with the following report: "We just demoed the whole new album and have 11 songs plus intro ready to go. It all sounds huge and our sound has never been this intense, while being very epic and catchy at the same time. It has all the Behemoth trademarks enriched with some fresh ideas. I guarantee some people are going to be surprised! Some songtitles include: 'Prometherion', 'Pazuzu (The Desert Storms Bringing)', 'Slaying The Prophets Ov Isa', 'Rome 64 E.V.', 'Arcana Hereticae', 'At The Left Hand Ov God', with more to follow. The recording sessions for 'The Apostasy' will take place in our hometown, Gdansk, in one of the best-equipped studios in Poland, Radio Gdansk. It has an old-school analogue Studer 24-track machine, which gives super unique tone to drum sound. I simply love it. It has the best mixing console, pre-amps and other shit available nowadays.