As promised, here is a list of the new 25 bands confirmed for the 2007 edition of HELLFEST! These 25 bands were added to the line-up and, we hope, will satisfy everybody. Be patient, we will reveal the final line-up in the next few weeks!
Here are the new confirmed bands:
Korn / Machine Head / Within Temptation / Emperor / Neurosis / Children Of Bodom / Moonspell / Epica / Lamb Of God / Cynic / Unearth / After Forever / Vader / Heaven Shall Burn / Misery Index / Dew Scented / Salem / Coldworker / The Arrs / Fubar / Furia / Dylath Leen / Imply In All / Ellipsis / Homestell
Yes! You'll have the luck to behold the exceptional presence of Emperor and Neurosis during the last week-end of June. These two shows are Hell Fest exclusive!
Finnish Folk metal band Korpiklaani posted in their official website:
The cover artwork of the upcoming album "Tervaskanto" has been released. The release date has been set to May 2007.
Here's the link to see the picture: http://www.korpiklaani.com/news/pics/tervaskanto.jpg.
"Tervaskanto" is already Korpiklaani's fourth studio album.
Italian Gothic Metal band Lacuna Coil posted in the Karmacode page the following dates for the Jägermeister Music Tour in The United States. Also on the bill of this tour are Stone Sour and Shadows Fall.
23.03: Myth - St. Paul, Minnesota
24.03: The Rave - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
25.03: Lifestyle Pavilion - Columbus, Ohio
27.03: Congress Theater - Chicago, Illinois
28.03: Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, Indiana
30.03: State Theatre - Detroit, Michigan
31.03: Dome Theater - Niagara Falls
01.04: House of Blues - Cleveland, Ohio
04.04: Avalon - Boston, Massachusetts
06.04: Roseland Ballroom - New York, New York
07.04: Electric Factory Concerts - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
09.04: Bogarts - Cincinnati, Ohio
German power metallers Freedom Call have issued the following update already a few days ago:
"Yesterday (February 10th) we finished work at (producer) Tommy Newton's Area 51 Studios at Celle, Germany and arrived our hometown Nuremberg with the master tape in the bag. The new album "Dimensions" is ready. After more than seven months hard work we are totally happy with the awesome result and can't wait to introduce the new 12 songs. The official release will probably be April 20th/23rd of 2007."
01. Mr. Evil
02. Far Away
03. Mission Divine
06. Blackened Sun
09. Ride The Universe
Impaled Nazarenee's album "Nihil" officially entered Germany´s Index list A on January 17, effectively implying that the band's album is officially banned in Germany. A note from the band is as follows:
"Looking back on 2006 and 2005, being unable to play concerts in Italy, Austria, France, Poland and Germany, one can only conclude that Freedom of speech and Freedom of religion, things that are supposed to be the foundation of the European Union, are not existing. Your lives are terrorized by deranged catholic sects and glue sniffing communists. Braindead imbeciles tell you what you should/what you cannot listen to, read or watch. Happy fucking middle ages part 666 and fuck off."
Experimental Death Metal act Sleep Terror will be taking a "long" break to retool their line-up. Band mastermind Luke Jaeger has issued the following statement:
"It is currently in my best interest to refrain from playing shows and booking additional tours until we complete our live lineup. I'd like to apologize to many of you hoping to catch us again soon or wanting to book us in your neck of the woods. The truth is it has deprived me of a lot of vital energy over the last 2 years being the only guitarist up there on stage playing this shit, it's just not fun to me anymore. Ultimately, I've never been happy with our live performances due to the lack of low end and extra layers/harmonies needed to complete the sound that I envision when I'm writing and recording all of this.
Tampa, Florida-based death metallers Monstrosity have just completed the recording and mixing of their fifth studio release, "Spiritual Apocalypse".
Recorded at Morrisound Studios, the disc features vocals from the band's newest addition, Mike Hrubovcak (Vile, Divine Rapture). Joining Hrubovcak are longtime Monstrosity members Lee Harrison (drums), Mike Poggione (bass), and Mark English (guitars). The release also features guest appearances from luminaries such as Kelly Shaefer (Atheist), Matt LaPorte (Jon Oliva's Pain, Circle II Circle), John Zahner (Savatage, Crimson Glory), Jason Suecof (Capharnaum), and James Malone (Arsis).
Long considered one of the leading lights of the Florida death metal scene, the band has just returned from a triumphant weekend in Mexico, playing three shows alongside Marduk, Setherial, and Cattle Decapitation. The band is planning tours for the summer/fall season with an appearance at this year's Fuck The Commerce X festival.
Blabbermouth.net has exclusively revealed the final cover art for Black Sabbath's forthcoming "best-of" collection, "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years". Check it out at this location.
The first comprehensive introduction to the band's legacy, "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" features a dozen classic studio recordings, plus one live track — "Children Of The Sea" from 1982's "Live Evil". The collection also contains the three brand-new tracks — "The Devil Cried", "Shadow Of The Wind", and "Ear In The Wall". The disc will be available April 3 at all physical retail outlets and at www.rhino.com for a suggested list price of $18.98. The album will also be available at all digital retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $11.99.
After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air Festival and their triumphant wrecking of London's Astoria last year, Emperor announce two rare appearances at European festivals this summer:
June 24 Clisson (France), Hellfest (MS Event Page)
June 30 Helsinki (Finland), Tuska Open Air (MS Event Page)
"The demand for further Emperor shows in Europe has been overwhelming", comments guitarist Samoth. "We have been looking at several offers, but have decided to commit to these two festivals. With the success of the festivals we played last year, we're really looking forward to these events"
Please check the official festival-homepages for information on availability of tickets: http://www.hellfest.fr and http://www.tuska-festival.fi.
Alternative metal band Tool, announced the following North American tour dates:
March 15 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
March 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
March 18 - Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
March 20 - San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
March 21 - Tucson, AZ @ TCC Arena
March 23 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
March 24 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
March 26 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
March 27 - Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center
March 29 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
March 30 - Southaven, MS @ Desoto Civic Center
March 31 - Baton Rouge, LA @ River Center
April 02 - Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center
April 03 - Tallahassee, FL @ Leon County Civic Center
April 05 - Tampa, FL @ USF Sundome
Extreme metallers Vital Remains have returned with a vicious new slab of blasphemy that promises to strike fear in the heart of the masses. The much-anticipated new album, "Icons Of Evil", was produced by the renowned Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore) and is set for an April 3 release. This offering marks the group's second recording with Glen Benton (Deicide) on vocals. Founder Tony Lazaro (guitars) wrote the entire album and handled bass duties for its recording, while Dave Suzuki once again tracked all the drums and lead guitar parts.
"Icons of Evil" track listing:
01. Where Is Your God Now
02. Icons of Evil
04. Born To Rape The World
05. Reborn…The Upheaval of Nihility
Waltari have uploaded another rockumentary-styled video for their new song 'Get Stamped' in support of their forthcoming album, "Release Date", on their official MySpace page. Go to this location to check it out.
"Release Date" is due to be issued on February 26th via Dockyard 1.
The Gathering drummer Hans Rutten has issued the following announcement:
"Due to various circumstances the Gathering decided not to participate at the Metal Female Voices Fest V on the 20th October 2007 in Wieze, Belgium. On various points, such as our position on the bill, we had too much disagreements with the Metal Female Voices Fest management.
We feel sorry to make this decision, but we hope we will play this festival in 2008."
Leaves' Eyes are headlining Metal Female Voices Festival V. Other bands on the bill include After Forever, Battlelore, Distorted, Draconian, Elis, Epica, Imperia, Interria, Seraphim, Sirenia and Valkyre.
Doro has been confirmed to headline the festival pre-show on October 19th, also at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. Other acts scheduled to perform on the night include Holy Moses, Darzamat and Dylath-Leen.
Belgium-based black metallers Ancient Rites have issued the following update:
"The collaboration with guitarist Raf (Jansen) came to an end as it was for the best for all parties involved. Rafs' guitar duties are taken over by Domingo (Smets) who now plays his third instrument within the band."
Upcoming Ancient Rites live dates include:
17 - Memento Mori Metal Fest in Oostende, Belgium
14 - Nepherex Fest, Zenith in Dendermonde, Belgium
27 - Gigant in Apeldoorn, Netherlands