20:07 - Apothecary Hmmm. I'll probably give it a peek, but I'm kinda hesitant to because the original Blood Sacrifice Shaman was really raw, and that's what I liked about it. I think a more polished production may sacrifice the aesthetic of it
20:06 - flightoficarus lol, yeah, this F@#$@ right here. And his stupid face. But no, I sent you a PM Guib.
Guitarist "Maxx" from Black/Thrash Metal band Necrodeath has decided to leave the band for "personal reasons". Rather than recruit a new guitarist Necrodeath has decided to continue on as a four-piece band.
In other news the band have started the recording of a new album. Videos of the recording have been posted on the band's official website.
With the Metal Storm Awards 2008, you, the metalhead, were given your say in which albums were the best of their respective genres in 2008.
We, the staff of Metal Storm, also had our own internal polling done to determine our selections for "best in show" of each genre. Just like you, we spent the month of February reviewing our final nominees for each category and voted for who we thought represented their respective genres best during the last calendar year.
As with some of the general MS awards (see Sludge, nearly a three way tie that was decided with, literally, Two Minutes to Midnight on the final day of voting), we had some close calls of our own to hash out. After much deliberation, much alcohol consumption, even more metal consumption, some heated words, a few fist fights, and one kick to the junk (sorry, Lucas, hope your "boys" are feeling better!), we've compiled our list of who we, as the staff, would hand out our awards to.
Ricardo Bocci, the lead vocal of brazilian metallers Viper, is preparing the single of his solo project. The song is called "My Way" and will be available for free downloading in the internet. A preview of the song is available on Ricardo Bocci's Myspace page. The song will be mixed by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Judas Priest, Helloween, Yngwie Malmsteen).
Ricardo Bocci's solo project line up looks as follows:
Having recently completed their debut album with producer Dean Baltulonis (Sick Of It All, Madball, This is Hell, Most Precious Blood) Long Island's Burning The Memory will be releasing their debut effort entitled "So Long The Dreamer" cover artwork] through Spare Change Records on April 7. A CD release show has been scheduled for Saturday April 11th at the Vibe Lounge in Rockville Centre, NY. Music, as well as other upcoming local gigs can be found here.
The "Point Of No Return" EP is Izegrim's wake-up call to the world, introducing the new line-up with 3 brand new songs and a re-recorded version of "Angel Of Demise" (taken from their sold out album "Guidelines For Genocide"). And once again, Izegrim is on the move.
From March 14th until March 31st you have the change to download all 4 tracks for free at the Rusty Cage downloadsection or at the Izegrim Myspace page. The record was released this March.
"Point Of No Return" cover art]:
01. Point Of No Return
02. No Place Like Home
03. End Of Time
04. Angel Of Demise
Symbolic Records issued the following statement: "We are more than happy to tell, that Rujo is now a newborn in the Symbolic Records-family. The upcoming album "Full Drop to Concrete" is ready and just waiting for YOU to get your hands on it. You need to hold your horses for a little while since the scheduled release date for the "Full Drop to Concrete" is in the middle of april 2009.
Rujo has been playing it's energetic and aggressive metal since 1998, gathering a remarkable group of fans on it's journey. Rhythm, positive aggression, chemistry and hard pressing sounds are probably the best and only words to describe what Rujo is about.
Listen to the samples of the "Full Drop to Concrete" from Rujo MySpace and visit the official website of Rujo for live videos and more.
Swedish death metal band Demonical have posted the following update:
"Finally we are done with the recording, mixing and mastering of "Hellsworn". It sure took ages and caused some frustration but I assure you, it was worth it. We are utterly satisfied with the final result, this old-school death metal slab in nine acts turned out exactly the way we wanted. Here are the cover art and blasphemies:
01. Baptized In Fire
02. World Serpent
03. Infernal Void
05. Götter Des Nordens
06. Children Of Sin
07. Death Metal Darkness
08. Bow To The Monolith
The release date is set to May 15th, in other words the same day as the "Northern Death Blow" crusade starts. Samples from the album will be online within the nearest days."
Slipknot are lining up for the the following N. American dates:
April 28 - Pavillion de La Jeunesse, Quebec City (Canada) (with Trivium, 3 Inches Of Blood)
April 29 - Bell Centre, Montreal (Canada) (with Trivium, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 01 - Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto (Canada) (with Trivium, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 02 - John Labatt Centre, London (Canada) (with Trivium, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 03 - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI (with Devildriver, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 05 - Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL (with Devildriver, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 06 - Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO (with Devildriver, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 08 - Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK (with Korn, The Used, All That Remains, Dirtfeed)
Here it is, the official cover and tracklisting of "The Classical Conspiracy" live album. It contains a full live show recorded in Miskolc, Hungary, with a 40-piece orchestra and a 30-piece choir. More than 2 hours of Epica songs and adaptations of classical masterpieces and movie scores! The album is set for a release via Nuclear Blast on May 8th.
Disc I :
02. O Fortuna
03. Dies Irae
04. Ombra Mai Fu
05. 1st part, New World
07. Summer 3
08. Montagues & Capulets
09. Imperial March
10. Stabat Mater
11. Unholy Trinity
12. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
13. Pirates Of The Caribbean
Disc II :
01. Indigo / The Last Crusade
04. Chasing The Dragon
Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie has been forced to pull out of the Paganfest America tour, scheduled to kick off on 28th April in Toronto, Canada featuring Korpiklaani, Primordial, Moonsorrow, Blackguard (formerly known as Profugus Mortis) and Swashbuckle. Eluveitie emphasize that this was "in no way the decision of the band and that were looking forward to do this tour a lot."
Commented the tour organizers Rock The Nation:
"Hello to all Pagan folks out there!
We're almost here for the second edition of PaganFest America and are very excited for this years tour. With the anticipation continuing to mount, this will be THE tour to attend this year, we promise!
On a related note, there have been some changes to the tour line up. Unfortunately, Swiss folk band Eluveitie will no longer be able to make it on this edition and we've decided that it would be wiser to wait for the band to return in the fall since they've already played during PaganFest America 2008's touring cycle. On the bright side, Eluveitie will return on a new tour we are currently working on (yes... we're working on something very cool for this Fall) where Eluveitie will play an acoustic and a full metal set and it will be worth the wait. Stay tuned for more info to come!
Spanish metallers Nahemah have issued the following update:
Nahemah has finished recording their new album, the second one for Lifeforce Records, following the internationally acclaimed "The Second Philosophy". The band is at present in the final stages of editing and masterizing the new material, which will be titled "A New Constellation". In this new work, we have discovered a more experimental and spiritual outcome, one that gives Nahemah's characteristic and emotional sound a new twist.
"A New Constellation" will officially be out in Europe in May, with a limited first digipack edition with a bonus track, and the American edition will be out in July.
Finnish metallers Amberian Dawn have set "The Clouds Of Northland Thunder" as the title of their second album, tentatively due late spring/early summer this year.
"The Clouds Of Northland Thunder" cover artwork] tracklisting:
01. He Sleeps In A Grove
03. Kokko - Eagle Of Fire
04. Willow Of Tears
05. Shallow Waters
06. Lost Soul
07. Sons Of Seven Stars
11. Morning Star
12. Birth Of The Harp
Bilocate proudly announce the collaboration with 279 Productions - one of the top professional labels in Greece - to be our official Management and Promotion Company in Greece and Cyprus, and our exclusive distributor for the same countries.
Great expectations are put on this agreement, another success in Bilocate's musical career and we'd like to extend our greetings to the label manager Sofia Charalampous for the cooperation.
As per The label Manager: "It was truly impossible to resist this band's talent! We didn't even have to read any of the excellent reviews that "Sudden Death Syndrome" received from the media worldwide, to offer them a place on our roster. We are always proud to offer our services and promote exceptional artists such as Bilocate."
Stratovarius will release their brand new studio album, "Polaris", on May 21st, 2009. This new album will see a worldwide release by the band's new label partner edel under the new imprint earMUSIC outside of Asia, and the band's long time label partner for Asia, JVC.
Jens Johansson states, "We are very happy to have found strong label partners for the future of Stratovarius who truly believe in the band and are as enthusiastic as we are. I can't wait to hit the road again and meet all fans who supported us through all our good and bad times."
Max Vaccaro, of earMUSIC / edel adds: "We are very honoured to welcome Stratovarius in our family; "Polaris" is in fact a special album for edel. Like for Stratovarius, it's a sort of new start, we are in fact entering a new exciting chapter in our lives, the launch of a the new label earMUSIC, to coincide with the release of this fantastic new album with a renewed line-up and an overwhelming energy. One thing is for sure, Stratovarius fans will agree with us in welcoming the extraordinary talent of the new guitar player Matias Kupiainen and immediately reckon "Polaris" to be a true Stratovarius classic."