US progressive metallers Redemption are forced to cancel their European tour. Guitarist Nick van Dyk explains:
"I am sorry to say that we are faced with the reality of having to cancel Redemption's intended European shows the summer.
Part of our unique sound comes from our vocalist, Ray Alder of Fates Warning. As a long-time fan of Fates myself, I have always maintained that Redemption would not interfere with Ray's commitment to Fates, and we have worked very carefully and diligently since Ray joined Redemption in 2005 to ensure that both bands would be able to record and perform without conflict.
We intended to play several shows in several countries this summer in support of our new CD, Snowfall on Judgment Day. Our management and local promoters in Europe worked hard to line up some great shows that we were very much looking forward to playing. Originally, there was no conflict, even when Fates announced some special shows and festivals to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their fantastic Parallels CD.
The Time Machine Tour is an evening with Rush, where they will perform their classics, give a taste of the future - and for the first time ever - feature the Moving Pictures album live in its entirety.
The band is currently working on their 20th studio album with producer Nick Raskulinecz (co-producer from 2007's Snakes & Arrows) and in addition to their classics plan to showcase a few new tunes live this summer.
"We were off for a year and a half, and now it's just pouring. Everything is totally crazy and there's not a minute left in the day. We've got these half-dozen songs, and we'll probably go in the studio and work on a couple of them and see how it goes, perhaps release something - and I say perhaps - and then we plan on being on the road," says guitarist, Alex Lifeson.
Megadeth have recorded a brand new live DVD featuring a performance of their classic thrash record Rust In Peace.
The band recently recorded a set at a show in Hollywood for a future DVD release (date TBC). The set includes all nine tracks from their 1990 album as well as a host of their best material. No date for the DVD yet, so stay tuned. Here's the setlist from the Hollywood show:
01. Skin O' My Teeth
02. In My Darkest Hour
04. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
05. Hangar 18
06. Take No Prisoners
07. Five Magics
08. Poison Was The Cure
10. Tornado Of Souls
11. Dawn Patrol
12. Rust In Peace... Polaris
14. The Right To Go Insane
15. Head Crusher
Swedish black metal squad Watain just completed their fourth full-length album, after two intense months at Necromorbus Studio.
Vocalist and mastermind E. comments: "I am now holding in my hand the final master tape of what might be the most dynamic and charged Watain release ever recorded. May the gods unto which it is written be pleased! We are very much looking forward to share this rich feast with our followers, whom we know have been hungering for a very long time. All I can say is that it will be worth the wait. We raise our cups unto all of you whose patience and support have been constant during the three fiery years since the release of Sworn to the Dark, and look forward to set the night aflame with you again soon!"
Season of Mist is proud to welcome American Sludge geniuses Kylesa. After Outlaw Order in 2008, the label is happy to continue broadening their musical horizons towards modern US psychedelic monolithic metal.
The band made the following comment: "We're very happy to announce our new partnership with Season of Mist for the next Kylesa release, which we are hoping to get out later this year. We are stoked to be working with SOM on this next album. They are a forward-thinking label and they have all been very accommodating and a pleasure to work with."
Regarding the new album, Kylesa adds: "The writing process for the new record has been intense, taking up the better part of each day since January (that's why you haven't heard from us lately), but in return we have some new material that we're very proud of. The studio sessions at The Jam Room in Columbia start in May and end in early July; we'll try to have a few reports for you along the way."
"Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)", a new song from US metallers Exodus, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, which is scheduled for release on May 7 in Europe (on May 18 in North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Guitarist/songwriter Gary Holt shares the background on the newly uploaded song: "We decided to give everybody another taste of the new record... and it's about one of America's favorite pastimes, the school shooting. This song was primarily inspired by the massacre at Virginia Tech, as well as Columbine and the many other instances of unhinged individuals who decided to take out their wrath on their classmates, going all the way back to (University of Texas at Austin's 1966 tower sniper) Charles J. Whitman."
The Swedish melodic power metal band Audiovision have released their video for the track "Invitation" online. The track comes off their upcoming album Focus, which will be released in Europe and North America on April 23rd through Ulterium Records.
The video is directed by Ronny Hemlin (Scar Symmetry, Steel Attack).
Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire have announced the title of their upcoming Prosthetic Records' debut. The album will be called, Songs of Ill Hope and Desperation, and is due this spring/early summer. The album was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Cobalt) and the band promises their most dynamic, bleakest, and dirtiest material to date.
Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire formed and released an EP Harmonies From Bleeding Mouths in 2006, and released their first full-length, Omega Drunk On The Blood Of Alpha in 2008 on Debello Recordings. Their sound has been referred to as "funeral grind," as it's "too slow for grindcore, too fast for doom," and have been compared to the likes of Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer, Discordance Axis, Eyehategod and Napalm Death.
Lacuna Coil have announced a string of live dates across the USA and Latin America. Cristina Scabbia commented as follows: "Whohooo! My dearest friends, time has finally come. A lot of new places we've never been to, and we are simply STOKED about the new touring schedule. Can't wait to see you all, tell your friends and see you there."
05/04 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
05/05 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
05/07 - Jackson, MS - Club Fire
05/08 - Little Rock, AR - Arkansas State Fairgrounds
05/09 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena
05/11 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum
05/12 - Mankato,MN - Alltel Center
Korn has signed a worldwide recording deal with Roadrunner Records.
The band's first release on the label will be its ninth studio set Korn III - Remember Who You Are, produced by Ross Robinson, who collaborated with the band on its first two albums. An exact street date is yet to be announced, although a spokesperson for the label says it's eyeing a June 2010 international release.
In 2005, Korn inked a widely reported two-album deal with EMI/Virgin, which netted the metal stalwart $25 million upfront from the major (Billboard.biz, June 9, 2007). As part of the deal, EMI acquired a 30% stake in Korn's overall business through to 2010. The new deal with Roadrunner Records is a worldwide recording agreement that doesn't include any other ancillary rights.
German power metallers Stormhammer have - yet again - added a new member to their ranks. Guitarist Marcelo Oehninger (ex- Iridium-X) is the latest member to join the band just a mere 2 months after Stormhammer recruited a new vocalist in the names of Ben Silver.
A 40-second video trailer for Hungarian Thrash Metallers Morbid Carnage's upcoming debut album Night Assasins is now available at this location.
Morbid Carnage recently completed their first full-length album Night Assassins, showcasing seven tracks of raw, intense and catchy Thrash Metal in the worship of the 80's golden years. The street release date for Night Assassins will be announce soon.
Night Assassins cover art] tracklist:
03. Funeral Pyre
04. Empty Graves
06. Castle In Pain
07. Night Assassin
In a short update on the band's website, Royal Hunt have announced they signed a record deal with Italian label Scarlet Records for the European release of the new upcoming album, entitled X. An estimated release date is set for early June 2010.
Keyboard player André Andersen said the following about the new album: "This album came out of our love for the 70´s music (tagged as Classic Rock nowadays) - from Kansas, Genesis and ELP to Uriah Heep and Deep Purple - music which was/is very adventurous while just a tad naïve at the same time (as some might say). We all are notoriously resistant to categorize it in any way, form or shape, but (if hard pressed) would go as far as saying that it's definitely much more hard rock than metal and if by "progressive" you might mean some odd time signatures here and there as well as random key changes - sure, there're tons of them here... as well as really basic, simple stuff - so go figure."