German power metallers Grave Digger have posted a sample of a new song entitled "Ballad Of A Hangman" on their MySpace page. The track comes off the group's forthcoming album, "Ballads Of A Hangman", which is scheduled for a January 9, 2009 release via Napalm Records. The "Pray" single will precede the album on November 28.
The tracklisting for "Ballads Of A Hangman" cover art] is shaping up as follows:
01. The Gallows Pole
02. Ballad Of A Hangman
03. Hell Of Disillusion
04. Sorrow Of The Dead
05. Grave Of The Addicted
06. Lonely The Innocence Dies
07. Into The War
08. The Shadow Of Your Soul
09. Funeral For A Fallen Angel
Norwegian death metallers Blood Red Throne are currently hard at work on their next, as-yet-untitled album.
Guitarist Død comments: "We're currently workin' on our fifth studio album, and so far we got 9 killer tracks. Expect some heavy shit, some fast and brutal shit and for those of you missing solos on previous albums, a lot of cool leads! We're waiting for a green signal and then we'll enter Studio Deadline in Sweden, makin' our best album ever!"
Blood Red Throne's follow-up to 2007's "Come Death" is tentatively due to be released in May 2009 through Earache Records.
Catch Blood Red Throne live at a couple of shows this Winter:
Dutch metaller Textures have posted the music video for "Awake" on their MySpace page, you can check it out here.
The band comment: "The video was shot at the beginning of October in the Belgian Ardennes under supervision of director Rob Hodselmans (GEM, Room 11) and producer David Leite from Hazazah. The video has been possible thanks to a generous grant from the Dutch TAX funds - an incentive from the Dutch Government to assist up-and-coming Dutch artists with audio/visual output."
Origin, Skinless, Obscura, Man Must Die and Antigama will join forces for the first-ever European edition of the legendary "Relapse Records Contamination Tour". The tour will bring extremity as only Relapse Records can provide to the UK and Europe in an extensive four week run.
Tour spearhead Origin recently issued their new full-length "Antithesis" to massive worldwide acclaim! Widely thought of as one of the most brutal and technical death metal bands in the world, Origin return to stake their claim as the leaders of metal's new wave of extremity. Faster, heavier, and decidedly more advanced than anyone could have ever envisioned the genre becoming, "Antithesis" is a modern day death metal classic which proves Origin stand head and shoulders above their peers. Infamous New York death metal destroyers Skinless will co-headline the bill and bring their patented brand of chaos back to Europe for the first time in years. Widely-regarded as one of the best live death metal bands in the world with their slamming death metal grooves and hell-bent commitment to fun, Skinless will be previewing new material from their forthcoming new album as well as delivering all the crushing hits from their previous four full-lengths.
Shadow Gallery announced the following sad news today:
"It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Shadow Gallery vocalist, Michael A. Baker. Mike suffered a heart attack, Wednesday afternoon, October 29th, 2008. He was 45 years old. Mike was a founding member of Shadow Gallery and for the past 16 years, helped shape the sound of the band with his magical voice. Additionally, he made many appearances on rock records around the world. Those who knew him best were moved by his gentle spirit, sincere kindness , fun nature and passion for both music and sports. He was a warrior in the studio, a true professional. Mike was our friend, our singer and our brother. We loved him and will miss him enormously, but he will always be remembered in our hearts and through his music."
Firewind are about to unleash their first ever live release as DVD/2CD/Deluxe DVD+2CD in November. Entitled "Live Premonition", it contains a stunning 22-song set filmed earlier this year in the band's hometown Thessaloniki.
"Live Premonition" DVD track listing:
I. Main Live Show (approx. 100 min)
03. Into The Fire
04. Head Up High
05. Mercenary Man
06. Angels Forgive Me
07. My Loneliness
08. Circle Of Life
09. The Silent Code
10. Life Foreclosed
11. Destination Forever
12. Keyboard Solo
13. Guitar Solo
14. The Fire And The Fury
15. Drum Solo / Dreamchaser
16. Till The End Of Time
18. Brother's Keeper
19. Between Heaven And Hell
US extreme metallers Cattle Decapitation have issued the following details about their new album:
"We're finnaly done with all the finishing touches of our new album and we feel we've finally done it! Sonically, the band has managed to finally capture and accentuate its live intensity that we've become known for and has created one hell of an album from start to epic finish! Conceptually, its misanthropy shall go unmatched. This is it, humans... ferocity at its finest.
The album is called "The Harvest Floor", a title Travis has been kicking around in his head and working towards for the last 2 albums and will arrive as an enhanced CD and there will also be a picture disc LP version that comes with a giant poster! The actual title refers to the area of a slaughterhouse where the animal (of course in our case it always means the human) begins the agonizing process of death, usually done with a bolt to the forehead or a slice to the throat. "The Harvest Floor" is a fitting title for an album laden in gore and the anti-human metaphors and sentiments Cattle Decapitation fans have grown to know and love.
Romanian female-fronted symphonic metal band Magica has posted two new songs - "They Stole The Sun" and "Hold on Tight" - on the group's MySpace page. Both songs come off the group's fourth album, "Wolves and Witches", which will be released on November 28th via AFM Records.
''Wolves and Witches'' tracklisting:
01. They Stole The sun
02. Don't Wanna' Kill
03. Just For Two Coins
04. Hold On Tight
05. Hurry Up Ravens
08. Dark Secret
09. In The Depths Of The Lake
10. Mistress Of The Wind
11. Until The Light Is Gone
Swedish hard rockers Mustasch will release a concert DVD, including bonus material, entitled "In The Night", on November 28. The disc will feature the following:
* Live show from Trädgårn, Gothenburg
* "Double Nature" video
* "Parasite" video
* Backstage material
* Behind the scenes "Double Nature"
In the meantime, the band has announced their new guitarist: David Johannesson. David was the stand-in guitar-player during late summer shows and is now with Mustasch full-time.
"The time between Hannes quitting and David coming in has been chaotic. Finally it feels like we are a band again. David is the right guy and we believe we have done an excellent choice. He also shares our passion for intoxicating liquids." - comments Ralf Gyllenhammar, Mustasch
"Temple", the new video from the French progressive rock band Demians, is now available online. The song comes off the group's debut album, "Building An Empire", which was released in May via InsideOut Music. You can watch to the video at this location.
Guitarist Øystein G. Brun from Norwegian black metallers Borknagar has posted the following announcement regarding the addition of drummer Dave Kinkade (Arsis, Malevolent Creation, Divine Empire, Council Of The Fallen) to the group's ranks:
"Dave Kinkade is the new drummer in Borknagar. His first appearance with the band will be the actual recording of the new album, which will be recorded early next year.
We are exited to finally get a new drummer behind the kit. We have spent quite some time and effort to find suitable and highly skilled replacement for Asgeir Mickelson. Dave has proven to be a fantastic drummer, become a good friend and he shares the same passion for music as the rest of us. We are truly confident that this cooperation will contribute to empower the music of Borknagar even more in the future to come.
According to the AFM Records, the brandnew EP of Doro will be released on October, 31, 2008. The name of the EP will be "Celebrate (The Night Of The Warlock)". It will include 3 versions of the Song "Celebrate" with different guest singers as well as 2 additional non-album tracks.
Here is the tracklist:
02. Celebrate Saxon)]
03. Celebrate Arch Enemy); Sabina Classen (Holy Moses); Veronica Freeman (Benedictum); Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull (Leaves' Eyes); Girlschool; Floor Jansen (After Forever)]
04. Resuce Me
05. Night Of The Warlock
In other Doro news, "every Doro fan should mark the 13th of December in his schedule! On this date, the ultimate Metal Party will take place in the ISS-Dome in Düsseldorf, Germany. Doro celebrates her 25th stage anniversary and invites you all to come and party with her in Düsseldorf.
Chilean Death/Thrash metaller Criminal have posted a new demo song entitled "The Infidel" on their MySpace page.
The band posted the following update: "So here it is, I finally got around to posting a demo track to our MySpace, hope you like it! It is not very compressed, so you might have to turn it up (which you should do anyways when it comes to Criminal!). We had a bit of an argument about this with our bass player Danny, who engineered and mixed the demo, and he was completely against over-compressing it just to make it as loud as possible, a pretty common controversy nowadays ("Death Magnetic" anyone?).
The song in question is "The Infidel", and it's about - you probably guessed it - religious dogmas and intolerance, and the right to stand up for the fact that THERE IS NO GOD. Musically speaking, it's pretty straight-forward thrash/death with some obvious Slayer influences, but I feel it has enough of our own ideas to make it really original and 100% Criminal!
Quo Vadis have announced the addition of vocalist Trevor Birnie (Damascus, Annex Theory) for the band's upcoming dates in October and November.
"I've toured Canada twice and I am eager to get back on the road especially with Canadian metal titans Quo Vadis," Birnie said in a statement. "I've grown as a vocalist, lyricist and performer over the past 5-6 years in bands and I feel that my experience and growth would definitely evolve with an opportunity of such honor."
Martyr drummer Patrice Hamelin, who has previously done session work with Despised Icon and Senate, will join Quo Vadis on tour and in studio. The announcement was the first in a series of lineup changes for Quo Vadis after the band's September 6 show in Montreal with Despised Icon, Neuraxis, Blinded By Faith and The Plasmarifle.