Just yesterday, we informed you that Polish death metal band Behemoth will embark on the Lawless States Of Heretika Tour, taking place later this year with Watain and Withered. Get the dates here.
It seems like the band will be doing that tour in support of their upcoming new DVD Evangelia Heretika. Cover art can be found here.
Frontman Nergal commented on the upcoming DVD in this way: "We've been through hell and back to make this release happen. I know we only have a few DVD's in our catalogue so far but they are not even close to what you are gonna experience with Evangelia Heretika! Expect approximately 5 hours of essential Behemoth. Long-time Behemoth artistic collaborator, Graal, has provided us with some of his most disturbing and completed vision to date."
Chain Reaction, Polish modern thrashers are heading on tour. In September, during BALTIC TOUR, they are going to play 8 shows in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
Nevertheless, this will not be their first time in that area. Last year they gave two shows in Latvia and this year played during one of the biggest festivals in that country - FonoFest.
10.09 - Liepaja (LV) Fontaine Palace
11.09 - Riga (LV) Rock N Riga
17.09 - Kaunas (LT) Blue Orange
18.09 - Vilnius (LT) Bix Baras
22.09 - Tartu (EST) Zavood Pub
23.09 - Narva (EST) ArtRoro
24.09 - Rakvere (EST) Kara Kants RockPub
25.09 - Cesis (LV) - FonoKlubs
"Cutthroat Melodies", Chain Reaction's second LP was recorded in the last months of 2009 and is to be released in May 2010, once again by Kolony Records. Even before its release "Cutthroat Melodies" proves to be the band's biggest achievement as "Twinge", the first track from the album already won the charts for Metal channel on Ourstage.com and is included on "Kill City Vol.22" compilation released by 272Records in Hollywood.
Former members of Delain, After Forever and Epica and the current Autumn guitarist, have joined forced in a new band, which they called Hangover Hero. The Dutch outfit recently recorded a promo at the Gate Studio (Avantasia, Kamelot) in Wolfsburg, Germany. The band is currently looking for a label.
One of those recorded promotional songs, "Play In A Band!" is available for your listening pleasure at this location. Find out more about Hangover Hero on MySpace.
Hangover Hero line-up:
Ronald Landa (ex-Delain): vocals, guitar
Ad Sluijter (ex-Epica): guitar
André Borgman (ex-After Forever): drums
Mats van der Valk (Autumn): bass
New York based death metal legends Suffocation will tour North America this Fall with prog-deathsters The Faceless, deathcore merchants Through The Eyes Of The Dead, tech-death masters Decrepit Birth, and Italy's brutal/symphonic/avante garde horde Fleshgod Apocalypse. The tour is dubbed The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010 and is being sponsored by (duh) Decibel Magazine and the Extreme Management Group.
Comments the band: "Suffocation is excited that Nuclear Blast, Decibel Magazine and Extreme Management Group have teamed up to deliver you the most heinous tour of the Fall. This is one of the most brutal line-ups for us ever including The Faceless, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, Decrepit Birth, and Fleshgod Apocalypse. We welcome you to come experience the devastating speed, mind-bending technicality, and relentless brutality of The Decibel Defiance Tour!"
Forefathers of progressive extreme metal Atheist parted ways with bassist Tony Choy (ex-Cynic, ex-Pestilence, C-187). Freshly done with the recording sessions of long-awaited fourth studio album Jupiter, Kelly Shaefer and Steven Flynn wrote the following statement on behalf of the band:
"First we would like to extend sincere apologies to all Atheist fans around the world. We have been silent on the matter of a former member being dismissed for some time, but we were entirely focussed on recording our new album Jupiter. Therefore, we did not want to get sidetracked on an issue, which, quite honestly, was far less important to us than it might appear to some looking in from the outside.
Pantheon I is looking for an extreme vocalist for both recording and live appearances.
The band issued the following announcement: "We have just finished writing the new album which will be recorded this year, and we have a very good recorder on board. Live appearances are also being considered. The right person will have a flamboyant stage personality and MUST BE ABLE TO REHEARSE IN OSLO TWICE A WEEK. Bascially you must be very good at extreme vocals, but it is also an advantage if you can sing clean vocals and help with the lyrics. Experience is not as important as the right attitude and what you can do."
If you're interested and feel you have what it takes, click here to find out how to get in touch with the band.
Germany pagen folk metal band Wolfchant have checked in with the news about the departure of guitarist Derrmorh and an update on the new album. The following announcement was made:
"After 5 years, Derrmorh leaves the band for the time being. He's heading straight to the USA to spend one semester there for his studies. We say thank you for the great time we had together and we wish him all the best as well as success for his future. As a consequence, we would like to introduce Ragnar as our new guitarist who will play his first gigs with us already in August.
Furthermore, we are working very hard on our new album which is going to be called Call of the Black Winds. We will enter Markus Stock's Klangschmiede E (Empyrium, The Vision Bleak, Eisregen, Eluveitie, etc.) in November to record our new songs."
Watain will be co-headlining the Lawless States Of Heretika Tour, a North American trek starting November, with Behemoth, Withered and Black Anvil.
Comments the band: "The time has come to announce the first US leg of the Lawless Darkness tour. When the darkness of November falls, Watain will cross the Atlantic to set the North American shores aflame again... The tour will be done together with Polish veterans Behemoth and it shall go under the name of Lawless States Of Heretika.
This will be Watain's first US tour for Lawless Darkness, and the first time with a complete lineup, with E doing vocals only. The dates are all confirmed, the doomed cities are below."
Lawless States Of Heretika Tour feat. Behemoth, Watain, Withered and Black Anvil.
The new Blind Guardian video for the song "A Voice In The Dark" in now available online. The track is taken from the band's highly anticipated new album At The Edge Of Time, released in Europe last week (July 30), and is still to be released in the United States (August 24) via Nuclear Blast.
A couple of days ago, we informed you about the newest music video of With Abandon, the experimental Metalcore/Deathcore outfit featuring ex-War From A Harlots Mouth vocalist Steffen Winopal. "It's Mercy, Compassion And Forgiveness I Lack. Not Rationality!" was one of the two new promo tracks the band recently recorded.
Now the band has also uploaded the other song, called "It's Calendar Time! Calendar Time For Buddy!". Curious to find out how that sounds like? Check out the band on MySpace. The music video can still be watched here.
With Abandon are in the middle of the songwriting process for their first full-length release, the follow-up to the 2009 EP Maturation - available for FREE download here.
Slayer's gig tonight (August 2nd) in Tilburg, The Netherlands, was cancelled shortly before Slayer was to take the stage. Apparently guitarist Kerry King was taken to hospital.
No further details are known, as of yet. We'll keep you posted on whether or not tomorrow's gig will still be on and what eactly happened to Kerry King.
According to the venue site, Kerry King has been taken to the hospital due to dehydration caused by food poisoning earlier this week. The other Tilburg gig on Tuesday August 3rd will, for now, go on as planned.
Kerry King has recovered enough for tonight's (August 3rd) gig to be on. Tickets to yesterday's cancelled gig will remain valid for a replacement gig in the near future, of which the date will still have to confirmed.
UK Thrashers Onslaught have announced that Danish producer Jacob Hansen will be handling the production and mixing duties on the upcoming studio album due for release later this year. The album will be recorded and mixed at Hansen Studio in Ribe, Denmark starting on August 16th.
Guitarist Nige Rockett comments: "We're so stoked to be working with Jacob Hansen on the new album, Jacob has done some stunning work in the past, his production skills are really gonna suit the style of the new album, his mixes are so heavy and lively which is exactly what we are looking for. It'll be real cool to capture the live energy of the band in these recordings.
Drummer Steve Grice and vocalist Sy Keeler are leaving for the studio immediately after our appearance at Bloodstock Festival, where we should be, if all goes to plan, debuting a track entitled "Born For War" taken from the new album. It's a violent beast, very fast and heavy with lots of twists and turns."
Candlelight Records confirms October 26 as the North American release date for The Isolationist, the new album from Krieg.
Recorded at Volume Studios in Chicago, the nearly hour-long album will challenge the listener with its primitive yet complex sound. It is Krieg's sixth full-length recording, and the first since 2006's Blue Miasma.
Working with producer Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican, Yakuza), The Isolationist finds Krieg further experimenting with sound. The rage and dissonance fans have come to expect from the New Jersey band emerges even more frenzied making the journey through this album far more intense than on previous efforts.
Vocalist Imperial admits: "The Isolationist presents Krieg at it's most evolved yet primal state thus far in fifteen years of causing problems for people's hearing. It is my ugliest and most personal child, going deep into the darkest places in my own history on earth. I'm a fucked up wreck, and this record shows that."
Ever wondered what happened to ex-Anthrax singer Dan Nelson?
For one, he's the new singer of a band called BlackGates, apparently. But more importantly, he recently recorded some material together with Life Of Agony guitarist Joey Z., Arsis guitarist James Malone and Aunt Hildegard drummer Crock LaRock.
Comments Nelson: "This is not a band, but a bunch of songs written with some friends that we recorded in my garage studio."
The songs are called "Burden's Crown", "Troll", "You", "Task At Hand", "New Damnation" and "New Found Noose", and are all available for streaming at this location. Check it out and let us know what you think.