Subliminal Crusher have posted a new song online, coming off the new album "Endvolution", released on November 20 via Punishment 18 Records. The track "Later" can be streamed online at the band's MySpace, or you can download the mp3 directly from the Punishment 18 Records website.
Metal Storm and HellFest Production are proud to officially present the first 38 names for the Hellfest Open Air 2009 festival, set to take place June 19-21 in Clisson, France.
The headliners of the festival will be Manowar and Heaven And Hell. Other bands on the bill include Anthrax, Amon Amarth, Sacred Reich, Stratovarius, The Misfits, Gorgoroth, Epica, Destruction, Cathedral, Napalm Death, Entombed, Devildriver, Enslaved, Backyard Babies, Heaven Shall Burn, Melechesh, Misery Index, God Forbid, The Business, Mad Sin, Aura Noir, Electric Wizard, Orange Goblin, Grand Magus, Gama Bomb, Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, Wolves In The Throne Room, Torche, Kylesa, Outlaw Order, Parkway Drive, All Shall Perish, Forged In Flame, Friar Rush and Holy Hell.
Norwegian Symphonic/Gothic metal band Sirenia, featuring new vocalist Ailyn, have posted a new song, called "The Path To Decay" online over at the band's MySpace page. The track comes off Sirenia's new upcoming album "The 13th Floor", expected to hit the streets on January 23. "The Path To Decay" is also the band's new single, which will be released digitally on December 26. More info on that single here.
Darkthrone's Ted "Nocturno Culto" Skjellum has issued the following update:
"Winter is most definitly full-on here now, and I'm enjoying the feeling of isolation as best as I can. Great! That out of the way, I will first thank Fenriz for doing a great job on the Darkthrone Official MySpace, du brenner for saken, bokstavelig talt! And to all of you who send me words through this site. Winter means a bit more activety indoors for me, so I'll give it my best shot to maintain this cyber-cage.
"Dark Thrones And Black Flags" is, well, history for me now, since the planning and songwriting for a new album is well under way. We enjoyed recording it and looking forward to the 13th of December when we pull the trigger for a new album. There are small details this time around that will most likely result in a slight different sound and "feeling". Seems pointless to mention such stuff here, but I can assure you that both Fenriz and me looking forward to this. The first session of a new record is always exciting+ since it do set some fundamental standards... at least in our heads... well, at least in MY head then. Working the way we do now is such a blizz it's hard to describe."
As mentioned in the Nuclear Blast Records newsletter, Enslaved issued the following statement:
"It is with great regret that Enslaved have to announce the cancellation of the North American "Vertebrae"' tour Swallow The Sun and Keep Of Kalessin] scheduled for May 2009. At the heart of the issue lies a tour that was hard to get together in the first place so we've decided to let the whole tour be cancelled and start working on setting up a new North American tour all the way from scratch again... Our sincere apologies to all the fans that were ready to come out to these shows; but rest assured — we are working day and night on setting up the new tour that will replace these dates."
French progressive/death metallers Gojira will embark on a headlining tour in France in January/February 2009. The band also posted the following US tour update on their MySpace:
"Gojira are currently in the United States rampaging about in all major cities with In Flames. Drummer Mario Duplantier recently told Radio France International about their first show in North America: "We arrived in Montreal where we had a great and warm welcome, just as usual, we noticed that the people from Quebec seem to like French bands in general. This first show at Metropolis was sold out and people were very enthusiastc and wild during our show, we felt somewhat overwhelmed by the crowd's energy... that was awesome! We really need to go back there for a headlining show next time!."
The Canadian metal band formerly known as Profugus Mortis have issued the following update regarding the band's name change to Blackguard:
"Yes it's true, we have in fact changed our name to Blackguard. One of the main reasons for this change was to avoid possible legal action against us. Our new European label (soon to be announced ) informed us of this and asked if we'd be willing to change names which we obviously said yes to. This was not an easy decision, but it was a necessary one to avoid possible future complications. I hope you all understand.
This is the end of an era for us, but it is also a new beginning. With this change comes new labels (TBA) new management and of course... new tours. See you all at Pagan Fest 2!!"
Titans among themselves: 1 February 2009 will see the launch of a four-week tour by the two metal legends, Saxon and Iced Earth, in Paris. This sensational co-headlining package is certainly among the strongest of recent years and will take the two bands through countries such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Hungary and Italy. Fans can look forward to dynamic power metal at its very best, especially since both groups will also present thoroughly exciting new releases to accompany the tour. Tickets for the concerts are available from ticketing agencies.
Saxon are considered one of the most charismatic acts of today's metal business. Their latest album release, "Into The Labyrinth", out on 12 January 2009 (Germany: 9 January 2009, US: 13 January) via Steamhammer/SPV proves that Saxon mark 2009 haven't lost any of their expressiveness, enthusiasm and inspiration. Along with numerous classics, vocalist Biff Byford & Co. will present the strongest tracks from their new album during the tour, expertly combining present and past.
Directed by Maxime Hebert of ProxyMite Productions, the brand new Kataklysm music video for the track "Blood In Heaven" is now available for viewing worldwide at MySpace Metal! Click here to watch it.
"Blood In Heaven" is the second video made in support of the group's latest album "Prevail", which was released on May 23 (Europe) and May 27 (North America) earlier this year. The album was also honored as "Album Of The Year" in the "Metal/Hardcore" category at the Quebec Indie Music Awards.
In September, Kataklysm singer Maurizio Iacono explained the band's song choice and the entire filming process as follows:
"A while back ago we made the decision to have the title track "Prevail" be the next video clip. After carefully thinking it over, we have now decided to go with our original plan and shoot the video for "Blood In Heaven". Lots of fans have been asking us to do a clip for that song so we decided, 'why not, it's all about the fans anyways!' Besides, "Prevail" is already a massive live song and doesn't need any more of a push. There are other gems on this album that we want to introduce so here it goes!
American brutal metallers Embryonic Devourment will be embarking on a North American headlining tour in February along with Lecherous Nocturne and Sol Asunder.
The tour dates are as follows:
February 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Black Castle
February 28 - San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
March 01 - Tempe, AZ @ The Sets
March 02 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
March 03 - El Paso, TX @ Chic's Billiards
March 04 - Dallas, TX @ Reno's Chop Shop
March 05 - Houston, TX @ Jet Lounge
March 06 - New Orleans, LA @ Dragon's Den
March 07 - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
March 08 - Orlando, FL @ The Dungeon
March 09 - Atlanta, GA @ Lenny's Bar
March 10 - Baltimore, MD @ The Talking Head
March 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
Grammy-award winning hard rockers Slipknot announced today their first U.S. headline tour in support of their #1 album "All Hope Is Gone". The tour, which kicks off on January 23rd in St. Paul, MN, will hit 33 cities across the country, and include an historic stop at New York's Madison Square Garden, a first for the band. Coheed and Cambria and labelmates Trivium round out the bill.
Frontman Corey Taylor says of the trek, "2009 is the 10 year anniversary of the world's first taste of this band. To celebrate we are coming back out with a killer tour, a couple great bands and the same ferocity with which we attack life. We want all of our maggots to come and celebrate with us, because if it wasn't for you we wouldn't have been here for 10 years. Get ready for chaos!"
February 9th will see the release of "April Rain", the eagerly awaited new album from Dutch metal band Delain. "April Rain" follows the successful 2006 debut "Lucidity", which sky-rocketed the career of the band in their home country of The Netherlands. "The new album "April Rain" is a real group effort, that's what we're most proud of" says Martijn Westerholt, keyboard player and composer for Delain.
Delain has been Westerholt's project from the start and the debut "Lucidity" was recorded with a star studded cast of musical friends. Westerholt: "The album was never meant to be played live, but the demand was strong, so we eventually got a live band together. That's the band we've recorded "April Rain" with. Compared to "Lucidity", I'd say that this album musically is more coherent and consistent because of the fact that it was recorded all the way through by the same musicians. Production wise this album has more of a metal feel to it, as opposed to the more 'poppy' production of "Lucidity". Also the songs tend to be a bit faster. Less 'doomy' than on our debut. That said, that album was never intended to be played live and when performing we all felt that these kind of songs were missing in our repertoire. We can't wait to go out and play these new songs on stage! Another big difference is that there are almost no guest appearances on this album. There's only Nightwish vocalist Marco Hietala, whom we also worked with on "Lucidity", providing guest vocals on the song "Control The Storm"."
Finnish metallers Amoral have issued the following update:
"Amoral is a five-piece again! Since the announcement of Niko Kalliojärvi's leaving we've received tons of applications from singers all over the world. As we mentioned earlier, we wanted to find a guy who was not only able to handle the growling of the old songs, but who also had a strong melodic voice. Well, little did we know that we'd end up with one of the most talented vocalists around! Ari Koivunen's merits as a singer are well known (at least here in Finland), but it might surprise a lot of people that the dude can also growl with the best of them! And the fact remains that he truly was the strongest candidate from all those who applied for the job.
"Hairesis", the new video from Polish metallers Hermh, can be viewed at this location. Inbornmedia was responsible for the production of this clip, shooting took two days in the setting of castle Bolkow. An interesting fact is, that in the clip you can see Bart's son Mateusz.
Bart adds: "I think that this clip is a great illustration of the whole atmosphere surrounding both the lyrical, and musical aspects of the song. This videoclip is like a cherry on the cake - our new CD. We hope that it will draw some serious attention and create emotions, those who saw it already said so, he he. Feel yourself invited to see this clip."
"Hairesis" comes off Hermh's new album, entitled "Cold Blood Messiah", which was just made available via Mystic Production.