All 10 tracks from "Death Magnetic" the new Metallica album, released today, can now be streamed in their entirety. A brief message from the band reads as follows: "Take in all that is "Death Magnetic"! Listen to the entire album here."
Metallica will play two low-dough shows in Europe to celebrate the CD's release, in Berlin tonight (Friday, September 12) and London on September 15.
Santa Cruz, CA's Brain Drill are pleased to announce the addition of Ivan Munguia as the bands new bassist. Ivan has played bass for metal acts such as Carnivorous and Odious Mortem.
"I'm stoked to be playing with such high caliber musicians, in a band as crushing and talented as Brain Drill. Soon, we'll be out on the road laying waste to crowds, and delivering some sick new tunes" comments Ivan.
Brain Drill are currently hard at work rehearsing with Ivan and Joe to get them up to speed on the band's current material and plan to hit the road as soon as they can. Brain Drill are also currently hard at work on new tracks for the follow up to their devastating debut "Apocalyptic Feasting".
Finish metal band Children Of Bodom have posted their newest video "Smile Pretty For The Devil" online. The video can be watched on their official MySpace site.
The video was directed by Sandra Marschner for Katapult Filmproduktion. "Smile Pretty For The Devil" is taken from Children Of Bodom's new album, "Blooddrunk", which was released in April this year.
American drone doom metallers Earth have announced the following US tour dates:
9/18 - Portland, Oregon - The Artistry
9/19 - Seattle, Washington - VERA Project
9/20 - Anacortes, Washington - Department Of Safety
9/23 - Seattle, Washington - Showbox Sodo
9/24 - Seattle, Washington - Showbox Sodo
10/11 - Providence, Rhode Island - Brown University
10/12 - Portland, Maine - Time Of Rivers Festival
10/13 - Boston, Massachusetts - Great Scott
10/14 - Brooklyn, New York - Union Pool
10/15 - Allentown, Pennsylvania- The Sterling Hotel
10/16 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - First Unitarian Church (Sanctuary) w/ Sunn O))) and Thou
10/17 - New York, New York - Columbia University
10/18 - New Haven, Connecticut - Wesleyan University
Scar Symmetry parts ways with vocalist and posted the following staement
A few months ago we decided to part ways with Christian. The reasons are mainly the clichéd "business and creative differences" and lack of interpersonal chemistry. We came to a point where the band's existence was in jeopardy because of these differences, and the only way for us to continue with an inspired state of mind was to go through with this change in the line-up.
This should come as a total surprise to most of you, though you might have wondered why no gigs/tours have been announced since the release of "Holographic Universe". The truth is, we have been offered several tours and one-off shows that everyone in the band wanted to do except for Christian. In a situation like that you get a lot of frustration and it was in everyone's best interest to go separate ways.
The Haunted will be streaming their entire new album "Versus" on their official MySpace page for one week, from September 12 through September 19. A short trailer promoting this clearly monumental event can be watched here.
"Versus" will be released through Century Media Records on the following dates:
Sweden: Wednesday, September 17
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: Friday, September 19
Spain, Portugal: Tuesday, September 23
Finland, Hungary: Wednesday, September 24
UK, France, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Rest Of Europe: Monday, September 22
North America: Tuesday, October 14
Italian blackened Thrash outfit Necrodeath have posted the following news update:
"After having collaborated in the building of "Draculea" and having been on tour around Italy and Europe during all 2006, guitarist "Pier" Gonella has definitely joined Necrodeath's line-up, now with 5 members, something new in the band so far.
In the meantime, bassist John, decided to leave the band after 10 years of hate and scorn. Soon the name of his substitute will be announced."
Drummer Marco "Peso" Pesenti commented: "It's a pleasure having Pier back to Necrodeath, this time as a stable member. His presence has already brought a fresh and bleeding energy to the band and the first compositions, in a total "old school" vein, are blooming. Stay tuned..."
Swedish melodic-death metallers Engel have entered in PUK studio in Gjerlev, Denmark with Danish producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Himsa, Sick Of It All) to begin recording its sophomore album for an early 2009 release via SPV Records.
The band has also launched a studio blog featuring photos and regular updates from the recording sessions.
Iron Fire vocalist Martin Steene has posted the following studio update:
"We have been in the studio on and off for a couple of months now, and the new album is coming along great. Vocals are almost done now and guitar solos are being recorded every day at Kirk's place. This album will sure be our most dark and aggressive so far. I have been doing a lot of re-writing on lyrics in the recording process which I never do, to get it all to fit perfect with the darker feeling of the album. But don't fear, it all still sounds like Iron Fire just with a twist of darkness. Things are sounding better then ever at this point and cant wait for the mix, witch will take place at Jailhouse studio with good old Tommy Hansen in start October.
Alabama Thunderpussy guitarist Erik Larson has posted the following statement regarding the band:
"It's been a very quiet 2008 from us here in ATP thus far. I know there has been speculation and uncertainty about exactly what the status of the band is, and our apologies go out to y'all for being MIA. Finally, I'm able to give you an update.
The beginning of 2008 brought yet more upheaval in the saga that is this band, when Kyle Thomas left the group to focus on his family and the impending Exhorder reunion. The remaining four of us had a band meeting and after serious discussion, decided to take a much deserved/needed few months hiatus to regroup and focus on home life and other individual projects. The "few months" seemed to flow into a bit longer as the summer progressed and we all dug deeper into our lives as individuals outside of ATP.
"The new Bloodbath minisite for latest album "The Fathomless Mastery" is now unleashed, to coincide with the October 6th (Europe) & October 28th (North America) release of this latest slab of brutality.
The minisite feature album information, downloads and much more. We also give you the chance to check out the world premiere of two complete audio tracks; "Slaughtering The Will To Live" (currently up on the minisite) and the unholy anthem "Mock The Cross" (currently streaming on Bloodbath's MySpace). The streamed song selections will possibly be changed weekly up 'til the release date, so keep checking back in."
Finnish black metallers Horna will release their seventh album, "Sanojesi Äärelle", on September 29th via Debemur Morti Productions. You can also see the artwork
of the new album, at this location.
On "Sanojesi Äärelle", "the abyssic ones have conceived a dual tribute to the energies that stimulate them - one side worshipping Satanic darkness, one praising Luciferian light," according to a press release.
"Sanojesi Äärelle" tracklisting:
01. Muinaisten Alttarilta
03. Mustan Kirkkauden Sarastus
06. Sanojesi Äärelle
08. Risti Ja Ruoska
Elvenking have announced that, "Two Tragedy Poets (...And A Caravan Of Weird Figures)" will be the name of the new acoustic album. It will be released in digipack and jewel case editions and will be preceded by an online single.
The release date is November 14th for Europe, via AFM Records, while the dates for the other countries will be announced soon.
"Two Tragedy Poets (...And A Caravan Of Weird Figures)" cover art] tracklisting:
01. The Caravan Of Weird Figures
02. Another Awful Hobs Tale
03. From Blood To Stone
04. Ask A Silly Question
05. She Lives At Dawn
06. The Winter Wake
07. Heaven Is A Place On Earth
08. My Own Spider's Web
09. Not My Final Song
10. The Blackest Of My Hearts