Slayer spent some weeks in the recording studio in late September/early October to record three new songs for their new album which will be released spring/summer 2009. One of the songs is called "Psychopathy Red," a Jeff Hanneman track which gives you a look into the mind of Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. A non-CD-quality version of "Psychopathy Red" has surfaced on YouTube and can be streamed here.
Fans who attend any of the upcoming European "Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III" dates, will receive the new Slayer song via an exclusive download card that will also include special material from the entire tour's line-up - Slayer, Mastodon, Trivium and Amon Amarth. The download card, along with a limited edition "Unholy Alliance Tour" clothing patch, will be given away free only to ticket holders when they arrive at their local venue the night of the show.
Queensrÿche is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their 12th studio album, "American Soldier". The concept album, due this spring from Rhino/Atco, finds the band once again tackling some heavy subject matter, this time focusing on telling the story of war from a firsthand perspective. Singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate has spent the last few years conducting extensive interviews with veterans and has crafted their thoughts into this epic tale. "American Soldier" examines American wars from World War II through Iraq from the viewpoint of those in the trenches and on the frontlines. Following the album's release, Queensrÿche plan to present tracks from the album live on an extensive spring tour of the U.S., with international dates to follow later in 2009. The first date of the tour will be a hometown gig at Seattle's Snoqualmie Casino on April 16.
Kristian 'Gaahl' Espedal, frontman of Norwegian Black Metallers Gorgoroth, has publicly stated his homosexuality, according to Blabbermouth sources.
33 year old Gaahl spoke openly in an interview with Götz Kühnemund of Rock Hard magazine about his sexual orientation, also adding "I feel how I feel and I've never made any secret about it", and "I've never really hidden anything to begin with. It's just that I was never in love before" ... "until last year".
Gaahl also mentions a stable line-up for his version of Gorgoroth, confirming that Frost (Satyricon, 1349) will perform on the next album.
US metallers Machine Head have posted a music video online for their cover of Iron Maiden's "Hallowed Be Thy Name".
The video was directed once again by Mike Sloat and is now available at this location.
The band adds: "Originally appearing on Kerrang's "Maiden Heaven" tribute CD, the song is now being released as a bonus track on "The Blackening" Special Edition, which was released on October 28 via Roadrunner Records!"
Architect announced that Yuval Kramer, axeman of the Israeli holy prog-rock band Amaseffer, will take the lead guitar player role in the band. The band posted the following on their MySpace page about Kramer's recruitment:
"Hello friends, it is a pleasure to notice you that, Yuval Kramer, Guitarist from Amaseffer, will be the new lead guitar of Architect. This will be a new and Magic horizon for Architect. Welcome Yuval!"
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has spoken to BBC Radio about Led Zeppelin's future plans and it would seem that a new album is in the works as well as a new tour.
"It would seem as", though original frontman Robert Plant is not going to be part of the band's future plans. But bassist John Paul Jones has confirmed rumours that Led Zeppelin have been having regular rehearsals and are planning something big for the near future.
After confirming that "a couple" of singers have tried out for the band, JPJ went on to say: "We want to do it. It's sounding great and we want to get on and get out there."
On the subject of a new vocalist for the band, Jones said: "It's got to be right. There's no point in just finding another Robert. You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don't want to be our own tribute band. There would be a record and a tour, but everyone has to be on board."
In conjunction with Terrorizer Magazine, Guillotine's second full-length album "Blood Money" is now available for full streaming in its entirety on the Terrorizer website in support of the promotion of this Thrash Metal masterpiece! Streaming starts 27th October 2008 and ends on 2nd November 2008.
A press release from Pulverised Records reads as follows:
"The Executioners have returned! Reactivated and armed with a ferocious new album "Blood Money", Guillotine sets the benchmark of intense Thrash Metal to deadly new heights; essential melodic hooks with just the right amount brewed into perfection to split your skull into pieces!
Featuring Nils Eriksson and Fredrik Mannberg from the mighty Nocturnal Rites and together in collaboration with the master of Thrash Metal artist Ed Repka (Megadeth, Atheist, Death, Venom, etc), Guillotine will crush all competitors in the genre and emerge as the reigning kings of Thrash Metaldom!
On January 5th, 2009 Swedish Death Metal band Vomitory will enter Leon Music Studios in Karlstad/Sweden to begin recordings for their seventh (yet untitled) album. Studio owner Rikard Löfgren will once again engineer, partially produce, mix and master the new album like he did with its predecessor "Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize"!
The new album is scheduled for a May 2009 release through Metal Blade Records in Europe. The release date for the US and the rest of the world is not set yet.
German progressive death metallers Obscura and Dew-Scented will headline next year's edition of the Euroblast Festival, set to take place January 24th, 2009 in Cologne, Germany. For detailed information, visit www.myspace.com/euroblastfestival.
Recently Obscura announced "Cosmogenesis" as the title of its second full-length album, due in early 2009 via Relapse Records. The CD features guest appearances from Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Spastic Ink, Blotted Science) and Tymon Kruidenier (Cynic, Exivious).
Former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen has announced the following North American shows for 2009.
Storm Returns to the America's Tour 2009:
Apr. 29 - The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza - New York, NY
May 01 - Le Medley - Montreal, QC
May 02 - Opera House - Toronto, ON
May 04 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
May 07 - Regency Center - San Francisco, CA
May 08 - House Of Blues - Hollywood, CA
"The wait is finally over: Finnish black metal legends Horna will be touring the United States for the first time, starting on Samhain night and following through the duration of November. Joining Horna for their maiden American voyage are fellow MORIBUND terrorists AZRAEL and BLOOD STAINED DUSK, newly signed to the label. Long-running and well-respected American black metal band Kult Of Azazel will be joining the entourage for select dates. Here are the confirmed dates thus far:
Oct. 31 - San Francisco, CA
Nov. 1 - Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 2 - San Marcos, CA
Nov. 3 - Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 4 - Salt Lake City, UT
Nov. 5 - Denver, CO
According to a posting on the band's MySpace, Zimmers Hole is no longer a part of the upcoming European Tour with Soilwork, as drummer Gene Hoglan has suffered a death in his family.
"From our hearts, we send Gene and the entire Hoglan family all of our love, and deepest condolences at this difficult time. The Hoglan family is the "first family of metal", and we are all deeply saddened.", commented the band.
Also, bassist Byron Stroud is nursing a broken hand. The band adds: "Byron is not only our bassist, his duties also include band manager and road manager. He is vital to us. While Byron's injury was untimely, he felt he could be ready in time for the tour. With the sad news from the Hoglan family, there was no way we could do this and be focused in any way.