22:34 - Apothecary Finally got on the new Schammasch. Discs 1 and 2 are nothing mindblowing, but Disc 3, holy shit, this is some awesome drone/dark ambient kinda stuff. I hope this wasn't a one off thing just for this album
22:19 - yvesson Hej, also in france I got the censored hammer smashed face EP.
22:17 - yvesson Hej, the album itself was censored. I bought the bleeding in england and got the censored cover.
Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has decided not to do another winter tour with Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Alex says: "It's been nearly ten years since my first Trans-Siberian Orchestra winter tour. Each year it's been an incredible experience, traveling from arena to arena being an important part of the largest symphonic rock production in history. This year, however, I've decided to make the difficult decision of stepping out of the spotlight (and lasers, fog, fire and snow) and embarking upon new adventures. The reasons for this are twofold.
As one might imagine, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra winter tour is a demanding one - with long days and an action-packed show that calls for no less than 200% of yourself, often twice a day from the mid-October rehearsals to the final show in January.
Serbian avantgarde metal band Rain Delay has entered studio to start recording their 3rd studio album, scheduled for release at the end of the year. In a short update, the band wrote:
"Rain Delay is finally in the studio recording their third album. Producer is Aleksandar Djordjic who is responsible for making some of the most wicked metal albums on Serbian scene. Atmosphere is great and we hope to deliver a masterpiece by the end of the year."
Check out the brand new video for the track "Alas, Lord Is Upon Me" off Behemoth's latest release Evangelion below!
The video for "Alas, Lord Is Upon Me" was produced and directed by Rafal Szermanowicz and Grupa 13 who also shot Behemoth's videos for "Ov Fire and the Void" and "At the left hand ov God".
Nergal comments on "Alas, Lord Is Upon Me": "First of all, we've overcome ourselves with this new video clip. Period. It's something we've wanted to do for a very long time. Pretty much no digital intervention, no blue boxes, no fake shit this time, but great filming, good acting, and a fuckin' awesome storyline. It's disturbing, crazy, and evil. We've had over 70 people working for us on this video so we can easily say it was the biggest production so far. I'm beyond excited! Wait and see..."
French atmospheric doom metal band Ixion are set to release their new full-length album To The Void. You can check out a teaser at this location.
Three years after the very good reception of the band's demo Through The Space We Die, this album, with 10 new tracks, represents a new step for Ixion with a better production and a more varied music. The general atmosphere is still spatial and emotional, with more contrasts in the music, from really dark or agressive parts to totally ambient ones.
The band stated: "Guitars, drums, orchestrations, and of course vocals have evolved significantly - we have worked on really fragile and airy parts, while some black metal screams have also appeared and deep grunts are still prevailing. As for the keyboards, ambient and cold electronic elements, they still play an important role in our atmospheric doom metal! About the story, it narrates a journey from the Earth to the depths of the space, and as the title emphasizes, this trip ends with the void..."
Polish thrashers Acid Drinkers have just finished recording their new album. The effort will be called Fishdick Zwei - The Dick Is Rising Again and, as the name suggest, it will be the follow-up to Fishdick, released in 1994. Just like part 1, Fishdick Zwei will be an album solely consisting of cover versions.
Acid Drinkers recorded cover songs not only from metal and hard-rock bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath or Kiss, but they also did they're own versions of classicks such as Ray Charles "Hit The Road Jack" or Sinatra's "New York, New York".
The album will be released on 1st of September via Mystic Production. The first music video will be released soon for B52's "Love Shack" which was recorded with Ania Brachaczek from Biff. Another guest appearance on Fishdick Zwei is made by Czeslaw Mozil, known from Tesco Value and Czeslaw Spiewa.
Queensrÿche has partnered with Capitol/EMI for the September 14 September 28 release of an expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of the band's triple platinum-certified breakout album, Empire.
The new 2-CD and digital packages both include the remastered album, featuring six hit singles, including the #1 smash "Silent Lucidity," as well as 13 bonus tracks, among them 10 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The 2-CD package is presented in a lift-top box with five postcards, a fold-out poster and a booklet featuring rare photos from the band's personal archive, as pictured here.
After building a devoted fan base with album and EP releases throughout the 1980's, including 1988's critically acclaimed Operation: Mindcrime, Queensrÿche broke into the mainstream across North America and abroad with the 1990 release of Empire. In the U.S., the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and its hit ballad "Silent Lucidity" quickly became a heavy rotation staple at rock radio and on MTV, topping Billboard's Modern Rock singles chart and earning Queensrÿche the coveted MTV Viewers Choice Award for the song's music video. Empire also made the U.K.'s Top 10, and the album's international success led to Queensrÿche's 18-month headlining "Building Empires" world tour, the band's longest trek to date.
After parting ways with The Old Dead Tree in 2006, guitarist Nicolas Chevrollier said: "I will always love playing, listening to, and living music..." As guitarist and songwriter having highly contributed to the artistic orientation of the band, he rapidly felt the needs to pursue his own dreams again with a new project.
He naturally found that his long-time friend and bass player Vincent Danhier could share his vision. Things became more serious after the split-up of The Old Dead Tree in November last year, and the duo knew they would need a fuller line-up to move the band up and forward. So Olivier (also involved in thrash metal act Sinn) was rapidly enlisted to their ranks as drummer. Then they asked guitarist Gilles (now also responsible for death core riffing with Jarell) to bring his talent, as his playing style is a perfect match. When it came down to finding a vocalist, the name of Guillaume popped up. The band knew that his skills in singing with Dustbowl (heavy cold rock) were what the new composings screamed for... Luckily, he agreed to join, and Pretence has found its final form in February, 2010.
Candlelight Records confirmed October 12 as the North American release date for Quietly, Undramatically, the new album from US Black metal band Woe.
Recorded at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, New Jersey with additional tracking completed at frontman Chris Grigg's BS1 in Philadelphia, the album is the first to feature a full band ensemble comprised of members from Absu, Woods Of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem, Infernal Stronghold and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder.
Reveals Grigg: "Quietly, Undramatically is a major step forward for Woe. Not only is it our first release for Candlelight Records but the debut of Woe: the band as opposed to Woe: the solo project. The performances of Evan Madden (drums) and Shane Madden (bass) bring Woe to a whole new level. It is a much more mature album, featuring dynamics and ideas that Woe has never been able to tackle before. We are all very excited for this album's release and the subsequent live performances in support of it!"
Finnish funeral doomsters Shape Of Despair are done with the recording of two new tracks, which will be released on a 7" EP entitled Written In My Scars. According to the most recent update, the EP is now being mastered.
The release of the band's first new material in several years is scheduled for late October/beginning of November 2010 through Solarfall Records (sub-label of Aftermath Music).
The Written In My Scars cover artwork will look this:
US Power metal act Eternal Winter has signed a worldwide deal with German underground heavy metal label Pure Steel Records for the upcoming release of the as-of-yet untitled debut full length album.
Eternal Winter frontman, Matthew Knight (Poseidons Anger) states: "In the past, we have always released independent demos and EP's... When we decided to record our first full-length, it became apparent that we would need the support of a strong, honest record label in order to release the best album possible... Many of the labels I had spoken with in the past, had wanted us to compromise our sound by taking out keyboard parts, changing my vocal style, etc... Pure Steel Records is the first label who has always supported us and our music from the very beginning, and truly believes in what we do!
Tribunal Records are excited to welcome Vanisher to their family.
Vanisher may be a new band to most, but only in name as within their ranks veterans from Bloodjinn and Glass Casket reside, and they are confidently leading the new pack of metal bands surfacing in North Carolina. While not bearing much resemblance to their former bands, Vanisher has set out to carve a new path and capture audiences with it's futuristic metal brand.
Vanisher combine an old school thrash/death metal mentality with an absolutely modern melodic fluency allowing them to succeed in shattering all stylistic barriers with their debut album. The History Of Saints is well rounded in all things relevant in metal today (production/songwriting/artwork) and quickly establishes Vanisher as a band that everyone should keep their eyes and ears on.
US metallers Virgin Steele are set to release their new album, The Black Light Bacchanalia, via SPV/Steamhammer on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: October 22
Rest of Europe: October 25
USA, Canada: November 9
The new album will be available as a limited-edition digipak, standard CD, double gatefold vinyl and as a digital download.
Commented vocalist David DeFeis: "It will be a long album... close to 80 minutes. The album (to be really brief) concerns the reversal of all things. Once conquered by invading cultures, older Pagan deities become the demons of the new religion. The Black Light Bacchanalia is a reversal of the sacred sexual customs, and the final desecration of the "Goddess Principle", switching from matrilineal descent to patrilineal descent, with the rise of the idea of the Mountain-Fire God.... And it also has to do with ancient fears such as the fear of the sun not rising... Lyrically it is a kind of continuation of the story I told on the last album... Musically it is quite something else..."
Cannibal Corpse will be hitting the road for a 17 date run that takes the band through the east coast, south, and Midwest. The mighty Cannibal Corpse will be kicking things off on Friday November 5th in Wilmington, NC at The Soapbox Laundrolounge and will finish things up on Monday November 22nd in Asheville, NC at The Orange Peel. Joining Cannibal Corpse on the road is Dying Fetus, Vital Remains, and Devourment. The tour is being brought to fans by BC Rich, Metal Blade Records, Good Fight Entertainment, and Relapse Records. Head over to this location for additional touring news and ticketing links.
Cannibal Corpse North American Tour with Dying Fetus, Vital Remains and Devourment:
Hail Of Bullets have announced On Divine Winds as the title of their upcoming new album to be released October, 8/11 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and on October, 12 in North America.
Hail Of Bullets' debut album ...Of Frost And War was a concept album about the Eastern front war of Germany. On Divine Winds is another concept album, this time covering the Pacific battles between Japan and the USA.
Comments singer Martin van Drunen: "This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees."
Guitarist Andreas Lynge of Danish death metal act The Cleansing checked in with the following album update:
"We recently finished the recording sessions of the new yet untitled 2nd The Cleansing album! Yesterday, Monday the 9th of August, we entered CB studios in Denmark with producer Christian Bonde to mix the album that consists of nine tracks.
We are also proud to announce that mastering engineer Bjørn Engelmann (who has worked with Behemoth and Bloodbath to mention a few) will do the mastering of the album at Cutting Room Studios in Sweden.
This album is really gonna crush in so many ways! We really feel it's the next big step for The Cleansing. More info on the album very soon along with track list and pictures from the recording sessions."