Originally the brainchild of Arjen Lucassen's (Ayreon, Star One...), Stream Of Passion is now ready to release their second studio album. "The Flame Within" leaves its predecessor in the dust thanks to maturer songwriting that presents a further developed band able to give Gothic Metal a newfound profundity. Carried by Marcela Bovios' fantastic vocal lines, Stream of Passion delivers the entire spectrum of human emotions-at times dreamy and melancholic, at others uninhibited and forward pressing. In this way, heavy riffs merge with romantic undertones in majestic unity. Jens Bogren's (Fascination Street Studios) mastering work allows the tracks' subtle nuances to come into play. "The Flame Within" is more than a loosely arranged sequence of songs, but rather a holistic Gothic Metal masterpiece complete with mystic elements and sonorous symphonic romanticism.
"We are honored to announce that band Pandemia signs contract to their fourth full-length album with german label War Anthem Records. CD should be released in November 2009 and Pandemia will record it in Stage One Studio. This CD will produce Andy Classen which is known as a guitarist of Holy Moses and as a producer of Belphegor, Krisiun, Legion Of The Damned, Tankard, Holy Moses, Rotting Christ, Graveworm and more. New CD will be recorded in July 2009. The CD will be out with world wide distribution! So watch out!"
German death metallers Hackneyed have entered Weltraumstudios in Munich with producer Corni Bartels to begin recording their new album, entitled "Burn After Reaping".
Vocalist Philipp Mazal comments: "We're really putting the pedal to the (Death)metal with our ideas and Corni Bartels, our producer from the Weltraumstudios, creates some amazing sound which is going to blow your brains out! We'll keep you up to date and will provide you some cool studio stuff soon. Stay tuned!"
"Burn After Reaping" is set to be released in Summer 2009 via Nuclear Blast.
Rudra have posted two new songs, from their upcoming album "Brahmavidya: Transcendental I", online. You can listen to the songs "Ravens of Paradise" and "Reversing the Currents" at the band's MySpace page. Rudra's forthcoming album is the second installment of the "Brahmavidya" trilogy, which is set to be released on the 15th of April via Trinity Records, Hongkong.
US trashers Bonded By Blood have announced an European Massacre Tour 2009 together with Fueled By Fire and Suicidal Angels. Some of the unknown venues will be announced soon.
07 May 2009 - Leeds, UK @ Rios
08 May 2009 - Glasgow, UK @ Barfly
09 May 2009 - UK - TBA
10 May 2009 - London, UK @ Purple Turtle
11 May 2009 - UK - TBA
12 May 2009 - Nottingham @ Seven
13 May 2009 - Gent, Belgium @ The Frontline
14 May 2009 - The Netherlands - TBA
15 May 2009 - Arnhem, Netherlands @ Willemeen
16 May 2009 - Niederküchten, Germany @ Pitch Black
17 May 2009 - Darmstadt, Germany @ Steinbruch Theater
18 May 2009 - Germany - TBA
19 May 2009 - Berlin, Germany @ Club Darkside
20 May 2009 - Zielona Gora, Poland @ Kotlownia club
"The Bloodstock team are delighted to announce that both Blind Guardian and Cradle Of Filth have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2009. The pair will co-headline one day of the festival and the event will mark the ONLY UK shows of 2009 for both bands!
Following Blind Guardian's unfortunate cancellation in 2007, the Bloodstock Open Air team have responded to constant demand from the festival's core fans and brought the band back to Bloodstock at the earliest possible opportunity.
Neither Cradle Of Filth nor Blind Guardian will need any introduction to metal fans. Both are leaders in their genres, and both have built long and successful careers through hard work, dedication, a refusal to compromise and, of course, some very fine metal music along the way.
Several audio samples from "16.6: (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)", the forthcoming album from German metallers Primal Fear, are available for download at Frontiers.it. The album will be released in Europe on May 22 (June 9 in US) via Frontiers Records.
"16.6: (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)" cover artwork] tracklisting:
01. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
02. Riding The Eagle
03. Six Times Dead (16.6)
04. Black Rain
05. Under The Radar
06. 5.0 / Torn
09. No Smoke Without Fire
10. Night After Night
11. Smith & Wesson
12. The Exorcist
13. Hands Of Time
14. Cry Havoc
16. Six Times Dead (16.6)
17. No Smoke Without Fire
"To The Nines", the new video from Danish metallers Hatesphere, has been made available online. The clip was produced by Michel Winckler-Krog from www.intense-images.dk.
The song comes off the band's latest album, entitled "To The Nines", which was released on March 23, 2009 via Napalm Records. The album was recorded at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity, Gorefest).
"Volume 3: Caos, Carma, Conceito" is the title of the new U-Ganga album. This will be the third release of this Brazilian band leaded by the ex-Sarcófago drummer Manu Joker.
The tracklisting is as follows:
01. Zona Árida
04. Meus Velhos Olhos De Enxergar O Mal (2 Lobos)
05. Iso 666
07. Asas Negras
08. Sua Lei, Minha Lei
10. O Primeiro Inquilino
11. Fronteiras Da Tolerância
13. Tri II
With this new album, U-Ganga keeps exploring it's musical identity that is based upon the mixture of elements from hard core, thrash metal, dub, reggae and rap.
The list of special guests of the album illustrates this diversity of influences in the music of U-Ganga. One of the distinguished guests will be the rapper X, ex-vocalist of Câmbio Negro - a famous Brazilian rap band. His participation will mark the references that U-Ganga searchs in rap and hip hop culture throughout.
Black Sun Aeon, the new band of the Before The Dawn/The Final Harvest mainman Tuomas Saukkonen have made their new album, "Darkness Walks
Beside Me", available for streaming in its entirety on their MySpace page.
Due in Europe on March 27th via Cyclone Empire and in Scandinavia on April 1st via Stay Heavy Records, "Darkness Walks Beside Me" cover art] features the following track listing:
Chapter 1. (A Song For The Introduction)
Chapter 2. (A Song For My Wrath)
Chapter 3. (A Song For My Demise)
Chapter 4. (A Song For My Sorrow)
Chapter 5. (A Song For My Weakness)
Chapter 6. (A Song For This Winter)
Chapter 7. (A Song For My Illness)
Chapter 8. (A Song For My Funeral)
The dark horse rides again! After a 4 year hiatus Skinlab has inked a deal with Stand and Deliver Records.
The California based metal band is back in the saddle after a 4 year hiatus, and this time they're pulling out all the stops. The band was formed in 1994, by singer/bassist Steev Esquivel, former guitarist Mike Roberts and drummer Paul Hopkins. Skinlab quickly made a name for itself in the metal scene, with releases such as, "Bound, Gagged and Blindfolded", and "Revolting Room". In support of these albums the band has toured with the likes of Slayer, Hatebreed, Fear Factory, and Napalm Death.
They are currently in the studio finishing the final tracks to the new album entitled "The Scars Between Us". The album is scheduled to hit stores on July 7th, 2009. The band also plans to release a full length DVD. The release date and title of the DVD have not yet been confirmed.
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the new album from Saint Deamon "Pandeamonium" on May 22nd in Europe and June 9th in the USA.
Named after a fictitious ghost rider called S. Deamon, and with a nod towards the contrast between the heavenly/diabolical feel of the name, the Saint Deamon was put together in 2006 by drummer Ronny Milianowicz (ex-Dionysus and songwriter for Primal Fear, Cans and Place Vendome among others), together with bass player Nobby Noberg (also ex-Dionysus), guitar virtuoso Toya Johansson and the golden voice of the Norwegian Jan Thore Grefstad (ex-Highland Glory). The band debuted in early 2008 with a stunning album "In Shadows Lost From the Brave", a record that garnered great acclaim from both critics and fans.
"Broken, Beat And Scarred", the new video from US metallers Metallica, has been made available at Metallica.com. The performance clip was shot by Metallica's longtime friend and collaborator, famed video director Wayne Isham, on December 12, 2008 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California and December 13, 2008 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.
The band adds: "We're having so much fun out on the road that we thought, hey, why not film it for the video of our next single? So we invited our good friend Wayne Isham and his crew to join us for a few shows in California in December of 2008... Ontario and Fresno to be exact. We go way back with Wayne (several vids from the "Black" album up through "Frantic" and the "Cunning Stunts" DVD) and as always, Wayne rocked it!"
Swedish death metallers Vomitory have completed work on their seventh album, entilted "Carnage Euphoria", for a May 11 European release via Metal Blade Records (May 8 in Germany). The artwork of the album can be viewed here.
Commented drummer Tobias Gustafsson: "Carnage Euphoria" was a bit harder album to record than our predecessor, but damn, it was worth it! We are ridiculously happy with how the album turned out in the end! Engineer/producer Rikard Löfgren of Leon Music Studios did once again a killer job to get what we wanted for this album, and then some. Compared to our previous albums, "Carnage Euphoria" is a lot wider, warmer and more natural sounding-wise. But still, "Carnage Euphoria" runs you over like a steamroller, just as expected. The true Vomitoryelements are all in there, but there are also some more mid-paced groovy stuff that adds diversity to this album like never before. Even some ore melodic hooks that won't go unnoticed. Songs like "The Ravenous Dead" and "Great Deceiver" add fresh slices of flesh to the Vomitory slab, while "Rage Of Honour" and "Possessed" are rotting chunks of the relentless death metal Vomitory is known for."
Italian metallers Lacuna Coil have posted online a new song, entitled "Spellbound", on their MySpace page.
"Spellbound" comes off the Lacuna Coil's forthcoming album, entitled "Shallow Life", which will be released on April 20 in Europe (April 21 in US) via Century Media Records.
"Shallow Life" tracklisting:
02. I Won't Tell You
03. Not Enough
04. I'm Not Afraid
05. I Like It
07. The Pain
09. Wide Awake
10. The Maze
12. Shallow Life
"Spellbound", the new video from Italian metallers Lacuna Coil, has been made available exclusively through ArtistDirect.com. The clip was shot at the Dolce & Gabbana Gold restaurant in the band's hometown of Milan, Italy with director Saku. It was produced by Apnea Film and the wardrobe was provided by Dolce & Gabbana.