Frontiers Records has scheduled the release of Uriah Heep's forthcoming studio album Into the Wild on April 15th in Europe and May 3rd in North America.
The album was produced by Mike Paxman. Cover art was designed again by the renowned Greek-American artist Ioannis (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx).
Into The Wild cover art] tracklist:
01. Nail On The Head audio sample]
02. I Can See You audio sample]
03. Into The Wild audio sample]
04. Money Talk
05. Trail Of Diamonds
08. Southern Star
09. I'm Ready
10. T-bird Angel
11. Kiss Of Freedom
Back in September, we introduced you to MaYaN the new project led by Epica vocalist/guitarist Mark Jansen.
The line-up is completed with guitarist/vocalist Frank Schiphorst and ex-After Forever keyboardist Jack Driessen, together with fellow Epica band mates Isaac Delahaye (guitar) and Ariën van Weesenbeek (drums). Due to his "very busy schedule," Obscura/Pestilence bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling recently left the band and got replaced by Delain bassist Rob van der Loo.
The band's debut album Quartertpast is scheduled for a May 20th release through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Sascha Paeth (Epica, Kamelot). You can download an album teaser at this location (mp3).
Belgian avantgarde/progressive metal band Oceans Of Sadness have called it a day.
The band's official break-up letter reads as follows: "First of all we want to thank all of you for supporting Oceans Of Sadness during these last 15 years. Thanks to you we had the chance to do a lot of cool things, much more than we ever dreamed of 15 years ago...
During these 15 years we've never really tried to be part of any particular scene musicwise and our image has always been the last thing we cared about. Creating our own sound and writing original and inspiring metal has always been our only real goal and we are proud of the road we travelled during the 5 albums we recorded, with The Arrogance Of Ignorance being the last one, released in 2008 on Scarlet Records.
As previously reported, Psychogenocide, the new album of Dubai based death-thrashers Nervecell, will be released on March 31st in the Middle East through Spellbind Records, on April 29th in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and on May 2nd in the rest of Europe through Lifeforce Records. The album will feature the guest vocals of Nile guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders.
Comments the band: "We are extremely proud to announce that Karl Sanders will be a part of our new album Psychogenocide as guest vocals on the song entitled "Shunq (To The Despaired... King Of Darkness)".
This particular song is special to the band as it will mark the first extreme metal track ever to include both Arabic lyrics mixed in with English lyrics, and who better else to have come on board and collaborate on this theme with us than the legendary Karl Sanders!
"Refined In The Fire", a brand-new track from US deathcore act Winds Of Plague, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
"Refined In The Fire" comes off the band's upcoming new album Rise Against The World, which will be released on April 18th in Europe and April 19th in North America through Century Media Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Polish funeral doom metal band Gallileous has parted ways with longtime guitarist Krzysztof "Wino" Winkler.
The official band statement reads: "After long discussions and considerations Wino has left the band because of health and personal reasons. We, here at Gallileous, respect this difficult and important decisions of the extreme music enthusiast!
Wino combined two stages in the band: the beginning of the 90's game as a 14 year old geek until the present day and also after the reactivation of the band and filling the void left after the death of team-mate Gregory "Gego" Lasocie. Thank you for playing together, the magic voice and an uncompromising commitment and passion to Gallileous for so many years."
Danzig has lined up a spring North American headlining tour in support of the band's latest album, Deth Red Sabaoth. Support on the trek will come from Devildriver and 2Cents.
Danzig + Devildriver:
Apr. 29 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Apr. 30 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
May 02 - Salt Lake City, UT - Great Salt Air
May 03 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
May 04 - Kansas City, MO - Voodoo
May 06 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q
May 07 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street
May 09 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
May 10 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
May 11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
May 13 - Richmond, VA - The National
May 14 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 15 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
A six-and-a-half-minute portion of "Specular Reflection", a brand-new track from US progressive metalcore band Between The Buried And Me, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at Altpress.
"Specular Reflection" comes off the band's upcoming new album The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, which will be released on April 12th through Metal Blade Records.
Thin Lizzy has been added to the Hellfest Open Air 2011 line-up.
The legendary Irish hard rockers will be performing on Saturday June 18th along Scorpions, Black Label Society and UFO.
The festival is set to take place June 17-19th in Clisson, France. An up-to-date festival billing is available over here.
In other news, there's an official Hellfest app available for free on AppStore and Android Market. With this app, you'll be able to follow all the latest news about Hellfest 2011 before, during and after the festival.
The application offers the following features: Festival news, Notifications "Push" (on iPhone), Full line-up, Photo and video galleries, Integrated Twitter app, Access to e-tickets, Personalize your Hellfest schedule by adding your favorite bands, Practical info (transport, camping etc.), Sharing on Facebook and Twitter.
Recently reactivated Quebec-based technical death metal band Gorguts have reportedly entered the studio to start pre-production on the new album, tentatively scheduled for a summer 2011 release through a yet-to-be-determined label.
The band's current line-up consists of drummer John Longstreth (Origin, ex-Angelcorpse), bassist Colin Marston (Behold... The Arctopus, Krallice, Dysrhythmia), guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, ex-While Heaven Wept), along longtime Gorguts vocalist/guitarist Luc Lemay.
The same Luc Lemay issued the following update: "Just a few words to let you know where we are with the songwriting of the new album. We got together at the end of January to finish up the last songs to complete the album. Colin and Kevin have contributed to the album with a song each. Amazingly well composed their songs suits the Gorguts aesthetic wonderfully.
Swedish progressive melodic death metal band Scar Symmetry just revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming album The Unseen Empire.
The Unseen Empire will be released on April 15th through Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented drummer Henrik Ohlsson: "The Unseen Empire seeks to expose the hidden hand of the elite that pull the strings of mankind in order to fullfill their agenda of global domination. The album concept goes from theories of shadow governments to secret ancient bloodlines and even further into speculations of malevolent influence from metaphysical reptilian-based intelligences. Mankind's only hope to survive seems to be an internal awakening where the influence of the the unseen empire that rules in secrecy is washed away from the minds of the masses. They want us to stay within the framework of their agenda, hypnotizing us with things that draw attention but has no value. It's time to step outside the framework and make The Unseen Empire visible!"
US death metallers Obituary will headline the European Metal Chainsaw Massacre Tour, taking place in March and April. Support on the trek will come from Grave and Pathology. Below are the confirmed dates:
European Metal Chainsaw Massacre Tour Dates:
March 24th - Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
March 26th - France, Paris @ Elysée Montmartre
March 29th - Germany, Munich @ Backstage Hall
March 30th - Germany, Bochum @ Matrix
April 02nd - Denmark, Aarhus @ Vox Hall
April 07th - Finnland, Helsinki @ Nosturi
April 13th - Poland, Warsaw @ Progresja
April 14th - Germany, Berlin @ K17
April 15th - Czech Republic, Prague @ Rock Café
April 16th - Czech Republic, Brno @ TBA
April 17th - Slovakia, Bratislava @ TBA
"The Magnetic Sky", a brand-new track from US progressive metalcore band Becoming The Archetype, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
"The Magnetic Sky" comes off the band's upcoming new album Celestial Completion, which will be released on March 29th through Solid State Records. More album details were previously reported over here.