Kataklysm has just finished the recording process for their highly anticipated new album "Prevail". Comments producer/guitarist Jean-François Dagenais:
"Finally... I'm the one who never takes a break in the band and I can finally breathe!! After two months, the album is fucking done! Just layed down a few leads yesterday and double checked everything, the album came out great. The sources are fantastic and don't expect "In the Arms Of Devastation 2" - this album stands on a league of its own, everyone gave it 150%. It's the most brutal since "Temple Of Knowledge" and "Serenity In Fire" and the most catchy since "Shadows & Dust" and "In The Arms Of Devastation". Expect the best, because that's the effort we gave it. Next week we fly to Jason Suecof's studio in Orlando, FL. where we will be putting the final touches to this masterpiece!"
"The release of Metallica's new album has been delayed again, sources from the band's record label told Stereo Warning. The album is now expected to hit the stores in September. Originally Lars Ulrich said it would be out in February, then the release was delayed till April. With the band still in the studio, it was clear that April was not gonna happen. Fans can take comfort in the fact that the last time the band spent this much time in the studio the year was 1991 and the result was the "Black Album". One can only hope for similar results this time! In the meantime, the boys have lined up a few dates for their upcoming European tour this summer."
Evergrey and Expedition Delta have been confirmed for the Castle Festial, set to take place July 01-05 in Smederevo Fortress, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
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EXPEDITION DELTA is project started by Srdjan Brankovic (Alogia, Psychoparadox)
Together with Srdjan Brankovic, many famous and great musicians are involved into Expedition Delta. Some of them are Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery), Andrea De Paoli (Labyrinth), Rene Merkelbach, Richard Andersson, Erik Norlander, Joost van den Broek (After Forever), Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge), Torsten Roehre, Santiago Dobles, Alex Argento, Mikkel Henderson, Vivien Lalu...
Death metallers Vader has posted the following on their official website:
It's going to be the loudest anniversary! 25 years on death metal scene, what a great result! Only few bands were able to survive for so unimaginable period of time. Among them there's a Polish death metal band Vader! Massive Music - band's management and booking agency is going to celebrate this great anniversary with a special concert. The show will take place in Warsaw, at Stodola Club on 30th of August.
"Hopefully the venue will be completely packed this day. There are at least a few good reasons to come to this special show. You will see a bunch of famous metal guests, also bands that in the 80's together with Vader created extreme metal scene. The guest-list we've created is quite impressive. Unfortunately, some of them can't appear on the show due to their other obligations. Some of them are maybe too big to be a part of this, I would say- pretty uncommercial event. That's also why we decided to organize this anniversary at Stodola Club, it will be a show for most dedicated Vader's maniacs. Anyhow, you can expect a great package! " (Mariusz Kmiołek - Massive Music)
Founding member Derek Bonner has issued some updates on the band's myspace blog.
Lilitu is working on a new album which will re-define and expand the band's original sound. Combining elements of traditional European folk, neo-classical, progressive rock, experimental-avant garde and old-school black metal, the primary influence for the upcoming gem stems from the Romanian philosopher, E. M. Cioran. The album is tentatively titled, "Directions For Decomposition: Variations On Death" and will be completed by Summer 2008.
Last December the band has announced a new lineup with all previous members no longer in the band except for Bonner and the addition of J. Blake S. from Georgia based Black Metal band Hills of Sefiroth. The band will continue as a two piece with founding member Henry Derek Bonner. With the new lineup the band intends to change its sound to rawer roots; adding many influences of raw, cold Norwegian Black Metal, and earthen folk acoustics.
Austrian metallers Belphegor will release their upcoming album entitled "Bondage Goat Zombie" on 11 April in Europe (North America 15 April). The album features artwork in classic and disturbing Belphegor style and can be seen at this location. Some of the nine brand new tracks will deal with the writings of the infamous Marquis de Sade.
01. Bondage Goat Zombie
02. Stigma Diabolicum
03. Armageddon's Raid
04. Justine: Soaked In Blood
05. Sexdictator Lucifer
06. Shred For Sathan
07. Chronicles Of Crime
08. The Sukkubus Lustrate
09. Der Rutenmarsch
Black metallers Enthroned has inked a deal with Regain Records. The band states on their myspace blog that Regain Records is looking forward to start working with Enthroned and to bring the band to the next level!
Enthroned's guitarist and vocalist Nornagest stated the following:
"We are very pleased and curious to bring Enthroned further into this new era and I am sure Regain Records are the right people to bring us what we were always looking for! We would like to thanx Wolfgang, Thomas, Elena and Napalm Records for their excellent work during those last years."
American progressive metallers Circle II Circle has stated on their website that they are putting the finishing touches on their next album entitled "Delusions Of Grandeur", which will be released through AFM Records in the spring of 2008 followed by a European and US tours for the fall of 2008. Bassist Mitch Stewart states that the upcoming album is the heaviest release by the band. The band has also recently signed a worldwide deal with Intromental Management.
German metallers Stormwarrior have posted on their MySpace page a teaser for the upcoming album "Heading Northe". It's a medley witch each song (except for intro and outro) from the CD.
"Heading Northe" will be released on 22 February. Also as previously stated here, a release party of the album will be at the Ballroom in Hamburg where Stormwarrior will also be joined by ex-members of the band.
The following message has been posted on the official Mat Sinner website:
"Well, we can announce one of the rare Sinner shows today and it's already around the corner. The band will appear on March 8th at the Komma, Esslingen/Germany to kick ass @ the 3rd ROW Festival, a now traditional and established charity festival, organized by some close friends incl. former Sinner drummer Ralf Schulz. Check out their website here!
In other news, the songwriting for Sinner's new album "Crash & Burn" is in full swing. A first songwriting session with Henny Wolter was unbelievable creative and we wrote some cool stuff, with a smile on our faces and a great foundation for more forthcoming sessions. Klaus & Christof are writing too at the moment. Next week, my friend Igor Gianola (UDO etc.) is coming to my studio, because we have some cool ideas for the new Sinner album and I'm writing with Ronny Milianowicz & company again. The target is loud & clear - the new Sinner album and the first for AFM Records will be a steaming, rocking and very traditional heavy rock album! We plan to start the recordings in late March for a September 2008 release! Later this month In addition, I will record some bass tracks for Alex Beyrodt's first solo album!
American iconic death metal band CYNIC's MySpace has been updated with the following press release:
Quality technical metal connoisseurs and open-minded music-lovers in general will be delighted to hear that Florida's legendary Cynic have returned to creative power after a successful European reunion tour in the summer of 2007 and will soon be recording a new album, their second after 1993's genre-shattering Focus debut.
Cynic founding members Paul Masvidal (Guitars / Vocals) and Sean Reinert (Drums), who both gained reputation and praise while performing alongside Chuck Schuldiner and Death in the recording and touring line-up for the milestone album "Human", are currently in Sanford, Florida, working on the mix for three new demo tracks together with producer Jason Suecof at his own Audiohammer Studios. The three new tracks are entitled 'Integral Birth', 'Evolutionary Sleeper' and 'Adam's Murmur' but Masvidal and Reinert have already written a full album's worth of new material and the band will use the demo to begin talks with record companies about a 2008 release.
Defiance has just posted a song on their myspace page from their new long anticipated fourth album and first in over 15 years. They are currently speaking with different labels about releasing the album and will hopefully make a decision in the coming weeks.
The band states:
"We're extremely happy with the way the album is coming out and plan to have it finished by April. We can honestly say this will be our best album to date. After the tragic loss of our best friend and guitarplayer Doug Harrington, it has been very difficult and challenging to
move on without him, yet at the same time we know he would be very proud of what we've accomplished"
The song is titled "The Voice" and is a rough mix from the sessions recorded at Trident Studios in Concord, CA.
The following bands have all been confirmed for this year's Hellfest Summer Open Air in Clisson, France, with still over thirty more to be announced:
7 Seconds, Alchemist, Arkhon Infaustus, Ava Inferi, Baroness, Belphegor, Coalesce, Comeback Kid, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dimmu Borgir, Dying Fetus, Evile, Himsa, In Flames, Job For A Cowboy, Madball, Marduk, Mayhem, Municipal Waste, Necrophagist, NOFX, Obituary, Opeth, Origin, Primordial, Rotten Sound, Satyricon, Sodom, Today Is The Day, The Ocean, Treponem Pal, Ultra Vomit, Watain, Year Of No Light
Progressive rockers Rush have announced an extended 2008 Snakes & Arrows World Tour with the following statement on their website:
After a hugely successful 2007 tour, the fans have spoken and they want more. Rush officially announce dates for their extended 2008 Snakes & Arrows World Tour. The tour will kick off with their first ever appearance in San Juan, Puerto Rico April 11 and hit over 45 cities throughout the United States and Canada. For Rush fans this will be the first time in over a decade the band will make stops in Orlando, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Reno, Moline, Boise, Austin, Jacksonville and Winnipeg to name a few. Also for the first time in years the band will play Albuquerque, Edmonton, Vancouver, Hershey and Manchester.