Swedish metallers Katatonia have issued the following update on their official waebsite:
"The mini-site for "Night Is The New Day" can now be accessed at this location. It includes audio samples, downloads, album information, pre-order links, interviews, art gallery plus all the studio diaries from the recording session.
Subscribers to the Peaceville Records mailing list are being given the first opportunity to download a free song entitled "Forsaker" taken from "Night Is The New Day".
Also check out what Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt had to say about the forthcoming Katatonia album on his official MySpace blog."
"Night Is The New Day" is scheduled for release on November 2 in Europe (November 10 in North America) via Peaceville Records.
US metallers Dio have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"While Craig Goldy is touring Australia with Budgie, Ronnie James Dio is pleased to announce that his good friend and ex-bandmate Doug Aldrich will be joining him, Rudy Sarzo, Simon Wright and Scott Warren for the upcoming UK and European Dio tour in November/December."
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Nov. 21 - Glasgow, Scotland - Academy
Nov. 22 - Sheffield, UK - Academy
Nov. 24 - London, UK - Forum
Nov. 25 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
Nov. 27 - Manchester, UK - Academy
Nov. 28 - Lincoln, UK - Engine Shed
Nov. 30 - Bristol, UK - Academy
Dec. 01 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Hall
Dec. 02 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - 013
Italian metallers Labyrinth have issued the following statement on their official website:
"Labyrinth are ready to enter the studios again, and this time it will be a special occasion to celebrate, as the original line up is finally back together! After a long time, Olaf, Andrea and Roberto are working again together to the new album, and will soon enter the studios to record the long awaited "Return To Heaven Denied Part II", follower of the acclaimed album which made their name be one of the most well known ones into Power Metal scene. You wanted it, you asked for it, you waited for it. Now you will have it.
Blackmore's Night will embark on the "Secret Voyage Autumn Nights 2009" US tour, set to take place in October/November.
The band adds: "To celebrate the fantasy of the Halloween season, and the Renaissance spirit of the music of Blackmore's Night - we welcome all fans to join the festivity of the concerts by wearing Garb, or any costume of the season. A 10 % discount will be given for any merchandise items to fans wearing Garb or costumes for the concerts. We look forward to many fun filled evenings!"
"Secret Voyage Autumn Nights 2009" announced dates are as follows:
Oct. 14 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Oct. 17 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Oct. 25 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Theater
US metallers Atreyu have posted online a new song, "Stop! Before It's Too Late And We've Destroyed It All", on their MySpace page.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Congregation Of The Damned", which will be released on October 27 via Roadrunner Records.
"Congregation Of The Damned" tracklist:
01. Stop! Before It's Too Late And We've Destroyed It All
02. Bleeding Is A Luxury
03. Carried Away
04. Coffin Nails
05. Black Days Begin
07. Storm To Pass
08. You Were King Now You're Unconscious
10. So Wrong
13. Wait For You
Australian metallers Ruins will release their forthcoming album, "Front The Final Foes", on October 30 via Debemur Morti Productions. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Red Planet (Psycroptic) and Crawlspace Studios.
Also two news songs, "The Sum Of Your Loss" and "Keeping This Crown", are available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Front The Final Foes" cover art] tracklist:
01. Breath Of Void
02. The Sum Of Your Loss
03. Cult Rapture
05. Front The Final Foes
06. Hallways Of The Always
07. Keeping This Crown
08. With These Winged Words
German metallers Savage Circus have issued the following update on their official website:
''Savage Circus is ready to return to the scene with a crack of thunder. The long awaited new album "Of Doom And Death" shows all trademarks of "Dreamland Manor". Progressive and powerful songwriting combined with elaborate arrangements, tons of melodies and harmonies, raging guitars rounded up with the trademark vocals towering on the music. From speed monsters such as the title track "Of Doom And Death" to the majestic "Ballad Of Susan" Savage Circus created an album with all the varieties one would expect and beyond.
Savage Circus are finally back with a thunderclap and with their long awaited 2nd studioalbum and ready to set the next milestone in the metaluniverse!"
Swedish metallers Darkane have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Whats up! Sorry about the lack of updates. Darkane has had some time off during the summer while Peter Wildoer has been busy touring with Pestilence. We played the Roskilde festival in Denmark and the Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic this summer, and they both felt very successful. Next up is the underground Thrashfestival in Oslo, Norway October 10th. We are also working on a very cool tour pretty far away from where we live, but it will be official when its 100% confirmed.
During the summer Peter, Klas and I have come with ideas and riffs for the next album, and Jens has written some lyrics. We have now started to gather together and put our ideas into actual songs. We are very eager to start recording the next album, and I think we have come up with some very cool stuff so far. Til next time, stay metal!"
US metallers Shrinebuilder have posted online a new song, "Pyramid Of The Moon", on their MySpace page and on Scott Kelly's KMBT Radio "Return To Zero" blog.
"Pyramid Of The Moon" comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Shrinebuilder", which will be released on October 27 via Neurot Recordings.
"Shrinebuilder" full-length features the patented skills of Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Dale Crover (Melvins), Scott "Wino" Weinrich (Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan), and Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep) channeling their energy into one massive culmination of spiritualized, doomed-out rock.
Rochester NY's lords of raw old-school black metal mayhem Crucifist have finally unleashed their long awaited debut "Demon Haunted World".
Featuring bassist Danny Lilker (Brutal Truth etc.) and guitarist John Gallo (of US doom lords Orodruin), Crucifist's debut album was a long time coming until finally, after several opportunities fell through for the band, Profound Lore came in to help the band finally get this album of theirs out, after we pretty much salivated after hearing the material that inevitably would grace this head/fist banging feast.
A sinister mix of old school blackness that reference such elite acts as Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Venom, Bathory, Autopsy along with a slight NWOBHM feel that can't help but bleed from John Gallo's awesome guitar riffs (especially seeing that Gallo is one of the great guitarists of doom metal today).
Head over to Revolver Magazine to check out the exclusive premier of The Black Dahlia Murder's brand new album "Deflorate", streaming in its entirety.
"Deflorate" cover art] tracklist:
01. Black Valor
03. A Selection Unnatural
04. Denounced, Disgraced
05. Christ Deformed
06. Death Panorama
07. Throne Of Lunacy
08. Eyes Of Thousand
09. That Which Erodes The Most Tender
10. I Will Return
Click here to check out a teaser clip taken from "Deflorate"'s bonus DVD, "We're Going Places...", which shows the band on their first ever tour through Scandinavia and Russia.
Record company HG Fact sent out the following e-mail concerning the Japanese Hardcore Punk band Blowback today:
"Hello everyone. I'm sending this message to all my forign friends. Coz I wanna ask you some help. World wide firendship support really needed. Seiichi, our brother, guitar player from BLOWBACK/Niigata, Japan. On 30th/August, right after paintbox/world burns to death/blowback tour finnished, he felt in heavy sickness. and still in unconscious critical condition.
He's been had major liver problem for long time, his liver has malignant virus in it, on this last tour, he was over tired, exhausted & stressed out. And finally his body/health situation turned to very weak condition. Then... suddenly, virus in the liver start working hard inside of his body, liver & some other internal organs stop working & lots of poison in blood running through all over his body, he was almost dead that time.
Following a Dimmu Borgir comic book - Link] - Terminal Press will release a comic starring Exodus, entitled "Exodus: Death Begets Death". Here's the official press release:
Thrash metal legends Exodus are the subject of the new Terminal Press comics/metal crossover comic book "Exodus: Death Begets Death".
You'll learn your lesson in violence with this one-shot apocalyptic horror comic book that will incorporated themes and imagery from the band's back catalog, focusing specifically on "Bonded By Blood", "Tempo of the Damned", "Shovel Headed Kill Machine", and "The Atrocity Exhibition - Exhibit A" (so I guess they won't do... the "Toxic Waltz").