A severe thunderstorm hit Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland this afternoon (Sunday 8th) at approximately 16h00. Strong gusts of freak wind damaged the stages and knocked down tents and fences. Approximately 40 people were injured, two of them seriously so. The injured people are currently receiving treatment in a hospital.
Sonisphere Festival series producer Stuart Galbraith said: "Our first thoughts go out to the injured people and we sincerely hope they will have a full recovery."
The second stage was damaged beyond repair and to guarantee the safety of the audience, artists and crew the authorities closed the stage. The storm damaged Mötley Crüe's equipment behind repair, forcing their show to be unfortunately cancelled. Iggy Pop did play, performing an acoustic four-track set on the main stage, while the Sonisphere crew worked hard behind the scenes to dry everything out and make repairs to damage across the site.
US thrashers Mantic Ritual have posted the following statement on their blog:
"As some of you may already know, we are no longer working with our drummer, Adam Haritan. This was a mutual decision and we all agree that it's best for everyone involved. It's been obvious to us for some time that Adam was not as interested in making music as he once was, and we all thought this would be a good time for him to pursue other things while we found another drummer who can be fully dedicated to Mantic Ritual. There are no hard feelings between us, and we're grateful for all the time and effort Adam has put into this band over the last five years. We wish him the best and we're sure he'll be successful in whatever path he chooses.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Amorphis, the band has re-recorded a selection of classic tracks for a special retrospective. Magic & Mayhem - Tales From The Early Years will be in stores September 17 (Finland: September 15) and features songs originally released between 1991 and 1996.
Magic & Mayhem - Tales From The Early Years cover art] tracklist:
01. Magic And Mayhem
02. Vulgar Necrolatry
03. Into Hiding
04. Black Winter Day
05. On Rich And Poor
06. Exile Of The Sons Of Uisliu
07. The Castaway
08. Song Of The Troubled One
09. Sign From The North Side
10. Drowned Maid
11. Against Widows
12. My Kantele
13. Light My Fire
Antagonist's new album, The World In Decline, is streaming in its entirety at Hails And Horns Magazine. The album will be out next Tuesday, August 17, through Prosthetic Records.
The World In Decline was recorded at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange, California with producer Paul Miner (Terror, Throwdown) and features a guest vocal appearances by Arsonists Get All The Girls' Jared Monette and John Strachan of The Funeral Pyre.
The World In Decline cover art] tracklist:
01. The Bane of Existence
02. Sasha Grey
03. Disguised In White
04. God On Fire
05. Wake Up And Smell The Lies
06. New Human
07. A Voice Unspoken
08. Already Dead
09. Darkest Darkness
10. World In Decline
Gothenburg based metal sextet Marionette recently entered Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, Bring Me The Horizon) to begin recording the band's as of yet-untitled third album. Guitarist and backing vocalist Aron Parmerud made the following remarks regarding the recording sessions and progress thus far:
"The recordings for our third album are underway! We spent a great deal of time after our last UK/EU tour with BLESSTHEFALL working on new songs and ended up with over 14 songs. Last month Jimmy came in and nailed each of the songs on drums and from there we began tracking the guitars and bass all at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg. Keyboard player Linus Johansson and I are working with the ambiance of the music and the keyboards. Vocalist Alexander Andersson is currently working hard on the lyrics and vocal lines. We've made some studio photos available on our Official Facebook Page.*
Portuguese gothic doomsters Ava Inferi are nearly done with the recording sessions of their forthcoming fourth album. Mainman Rune Erickson (ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir) sent the following update:
"These past times have been somewhat silent on these shores. No, or few updates have been uttered and well, doing things "undercover" has seemed like the fitting way to move forward this time. And mind you, things have been going well. We are happy to finally announce that the fundaments (meaning drums, bass and guitars) for eight brand new Ava Inferi trademark songs have been emanated and recorded in TopRoom Studio, Norway these past weeks. The vocals and additional adds will be taken care of here in Portugal in near future.
Four years after the critically acclaimed Generator, Italian electro/post black metallers Aborym are back with their fifth album! Set for a November 8th release, the new full-length is entitled Psychogrotesque and is made of one story, a single song written four-handedly by the band's mastermind Malfeitor Fabban and talented new guitarist Hell:IO:Kabbalus.
Aborym describe the album as a "realistic story about the horrific human aridity and its fragile impotence. A social metaphor, uncomfortable but very current, treated cynically by bassist-singer Fabban through a story set in a mental hospital, which suggests that he used his pen with an absolute commitment and the determination to keep off ABORYM from the banality and clichés both ideological/aptitudinal and musical that saturate the extreme metal scene".
"Rusty Rails Of Yesterday", the new music video from Finnish suomi metallers For Selena And Sin has been posted below. The clip was produced by JesterFilms. The song comes off the band's last record Primrose Path, which was released way back in October 2009.
Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has decided not to do another winter tour with Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Alex says: "It's been nearly ten years since my first Trans-Siberian Orchestra winter tour. Each year it's been an incredible experience, traveling from arena to arena being an important part of the largest symphonic rock production in history. This year, however, I've decided to make the difficult decision of stepping out of the spotlight (and lasers, fog, fire and snow) and embarking upon new adventures. The reasons for this are twofold.
As one might imagine, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra winter tour is a demanding one - with long days and an action-packed show that calls for no less than 200% of yourself, often twice a day from the mid-October rehearsals to the final show in January.
Serbian avantgarde metal band Rain Delay has entered studio to start recording their 3rd studio album, scheduled for release at the end of the year. In a short update, the band wrote:
"Rain Delay is finally in the studio recording their third album. Producer is Aleksandar Djordjic who is responsible for making some of the most wicked metal albums on Serbian scene. Atmosphere is great and we hope to deliver a masterpiece by the end of the year."
Check out the brand new video for the track "Alas, Lord Is Upon Me" off Behemoth's latest release Evangelion below!
The video for "Alas, Lord Is Upon Me" was produced and directed by Rafal Szermanowicz and Grupa 13 who also shot Behemoth's videos for "Ov Fire and the Void" and "At the left hand ov God".
Nergal comments on "Alas, Lord Is Upon Me": "First of all, we've overcome ourselves with this new video clip. Period. It's something we've wanted to do for a very long time. Pretty much no digital intervention, no blue boxes, no fake shit this time, but great filming, good acting, and a fuckin' awesome storyline. It's disturbing, crazy, and evil. We've had over 70 people working for us on this video so we can easily say it was the biggest production so far. I'm beyond excited! Wait and see..."
French atmospheric doom metal band Ixion are set to release their new full-length album To The Void. You can check out a teaser at this location.
Three years after the very good reception of the band's demo Through The Space We Die, this album, with 10 new tracks, represents a new step for Ixion with a better production and a more varied music. The general atmosphere is still spatial and emotional, with more contrasts in the music, from really dark or agressive parts to totally ambient ones.
The band stated: "Guitars, drums, orchestrations, and of course vocals have evolved significantly - we have worked on really fragile and airy parts, while some black metal screams have also appeared and deep grunts are still prevailing. As for the keyboards, ambient and cold electronic elements, they still play an important role in our atmospheric doom metal! About the story, it narrates a journey from the Earth to the depths of the space, and as the title emphasizes, this trip ends with the void..."
Polish thrashers Acid Drinkers have just finished recording their new album. The effort will be called Fishdick Zwei - The Dick Is Rising Again and, as the name suggest, it will be the follow-up to Fishdick, released in 1994. Just like part 1, Fishdick Zwei will be an album solely consisting of cover versions.
Acid Drinkers recorded cover songs not only from metal and hard-rock bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath or Kiss, but they also did they're own versions of classicks such as Ray Charles "Hit The Road Jack" or Sinatra's "New York, New York".
The album will be released on 1st of September via Mystic Production. The first music video will be released soon for B52's "Love Shack" which was recorded with Ania Brachaczek from Biff. Another guest appearance on Fishdick Zwei is made by Czeslaw Mozil, known from Tesco Value and Czeslaw Spiewa.
Queensrÿche has partnered with Capitol/EMI for the September 14 September 28 release of an expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of the band's triple platinum-certified breakout album, Empire.
The new 2-CD and digital packages both include the remastered album, featuring six hit singles, including the #1 smash "Silent Lucidity," as well as 13 bonus tracks, among them 10 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The 2-CD package is presented in a lift-top box with five postcards, a fold-out poster and a booklet featuring rare photos from the band's personal archive, as pictured here.
After building a devoted fan base with album and EP releases throughout the 1980's, including 1988's critically acclaimed Operation: Mindcrime, Queensrÿche broke into the mainstream across North America and abroad with the 1990 release of Empire. In the U.S., the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and its hit ballad "Silent Lucidity" quickly became a heavy rotation staple at rock radio and on MTV, topping Billboard's Modern Rock singles chart and earning Queensrÿche the coveted MTV Viewers Choice Award for the song's music video. Empire also made the U.K.'s Top 10, and the album's international success led to Queensrÿche's 18-month headlining "Building Empires" world tour, the band's longest trek to date.