German Folk Rock/Metal masters Subway To Sally have just announced the release of their new live DVD/CD "Schlachthof!".
The extensive DVD and CD package will document the band's highly acclaimed gig in Dresden, venue Alter Schlachthof, on December 28th, 2007 while playing the first leg of their Bastard tour. The double feature will be available as a limited DVD digi plus CD, limited CD digi plus DVD as well as on blue ray disc. "Schlachthof!" is set to be unleashed on September 5th. Tracklist, cover artwork and further details to be revealed soon. Furthermore the two albums "Herzblut" (2001) and "Engelskrieger" (2003) will be re-issued together in a noble, embossed double digipack with re-done cover art. The package will also be released on September 5th.
San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Heathen have posted the following update on their MySpace:
"Heathen is proud to announce the return of Darren Minter on drums! Darren has been working hard with the band during the last few weeks doing pre-production for the upcoming Heathen album. The band hopes to finish recording in July for a release on Mascot Records later in the year.
The Thrash Assault 3 Festival on October 11th will be the next live appearance for the band. More tour plans will be announced in the coming weeks."
"Due to popular demand, Back on Black records have recently released 4 Onslaught albums on vinyl (coloured) complete with gatefold sleeves. The albums available are: "Killing Peace", "Power From Hell", "The Force" and one purely for the fans of the embryonic Onslaught, a collection of early hardcore punk demos from 1983 entitled "Shadow Of Death". Time to dig out the decks folks."
Aussie's Melbourne brutal grinders The Berzerker have posted a new song, pre-production for our feedback, as well as footage of Todd Hansen's manic drum rehearsal. The UK tour dates flyer is also included:
"Hello all, We have added a brand new song Spare Parts (unmastered) to our page. Let us know what you think. "Spare Parts" has been taken from our upcoming album "The Reawakening" Available 1st Sept - Pre Order now.
We hope you enjoy it, you'll be able to check it out live on the UK tour."
On 21 September 2007 Hirax had its first live show in Lörrach at Metal Forces Nights. This event was one of our best events taken place at Altes Wasserwerk ever.
Thank to "Selfmadegod Records" which will release this DVD and Bomber and the Crew from Vision4 who have filmed both shows - you have now the chance to see the KIT show (Keep It True IX on 03 November 2007 in Lauda) and the Metal Forces Nights show on DVD. "Thrash & Destroy" will be released on 30 June 08.
We are very much excited!
Purchase details can be found at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
01. (INTRO) - El Dia De Los Muertos
02. 100,000 Strong
03. Lucifer's Infierno
04. Blind Faith
"So Summer has arrived, and as mentioned to our auditionees we set the start of the season as the deadline for announcing a new guitarist.
Before we announce it we want to thank the hundreds of you who messaged us about the spot, and even more to the several dozen of you who ACTUALLY MADE THE EFFORT to learn and record the demo songs we asked you to record for us. We had some phenomenal (and even decently well known) players come forth with serious shred skill. Thanks a bunch! We salute you all as new friends and brothers!
And with that we are happy to announce Yord into the band as Cellador's 2nd guitarist. We feel Yord is a perfect fit in Cellador because he quickly showed to have all the elements we needed in a band member. Not only does he have an energetic playing style, but also a strong work ethic, selfless attitude, and above all an honest nature. The guy takes guitar like its a full time job, 8-5 Monday thru Friday SHRED SHRED SHRED all day long. On top of that we found him to be local to us as well, which bottom line is always an advantage for someone auditioning. Despite only having about 12 days to learn our whole set, Yord learned all our songs and filled in for our last show back in May, which we set up as basically a test show for whomever we were most considering. Mission succeeded Yord.
Punishment 18 Records is proud to announce the deal with the Italian thrash death metal band Subliminal Crusher for the release and distribution of their forthcoming album entitled "Endvolution". The album release is scheduled for November 2008.
Starting from today, you can listen to the track "Just All I Want" (raw mix version) checking the band's MySpace page. The track, along with another new song called "The Visionaire" (also in raw mix version) are included in the tracklist of the FREE sampler that Punishment 18 Records will give away during the biggest European summer festivals such as Gods Of Metal, Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze and others.
A while ago, Swallow The Sun have posted the following news about the band's upcoming album:
"So, we have finished recording the "Plague of Butterflies" and it's time to give you some details about this forthcoming release.
"Plague of Butterflies" is a story about an old hermit, deep woods, loneliness and the plague. It's one song in three parts and holds about 35 minutes of crushing gloom, beauty and despair. Music was originally ordered from us for a really interesting and big project, but the project was sadly abandoned. Because of this we are planning to use the music in different context - namely in a short movie - and we are in search for suitable partners to make this happen. We'll give more info on this later as things move on and wheels start to roll.
Nuclear Blast have signed the Tasmanian Technical Death Metal band devils Psycroptic. US A&R Gerardo Martinez about the signing: "We are beyond excited to be working with one of the BEST Technical Death Metal bands in the world right now. We feel the band will reach the status they deserve in a short period of time. Also the band is euphoric about the cooperation: "To say that all of us are excited to be working with Nuclear Blast is quite an understatement ? We're over the moon! Nuclear Blast has always been the pinnacle of labels within the Metal realm, and to be signed with them is a huge honour for us...and to be the first Tasmanian band to ever be on the label is a pretty cool bonus as well. The artist roster is nothing short of amazing, and for us to be added to it...well, we couldn't be happier!!"
MTV2's Headbanger's Blog issued the following update:
"It's not hard to tell which Nostradamus Quatrain Judas Priest's new video "War" is about. As Jim Morrison sang so long ago: "This is the end/you're only friend/the end." "War" illustrates the apocalypse biblical-style with stunning computer animation that looks like an ass-kicking new video game.
The vid features witches practicing magic then being burned at the stake, a tyrannical ruler exerting fascist control, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse storming through the sky, fire spreading across the earth, winged beasts reigning destruction and lots more imagery that would have make Hieronymus Bosch giddy with delight. Priest are nowhere to be found in the clip — neither in actual nor animated form — but their operatic new music echoes through the video, creating a thunderous soundtrack for the devastation."
Nils Norberg, guitarist of Swedish power metal formation Nocturnal Rites, has left the band. The following message was posted by him on the band's official site:
I just wanna write and explain some stuff for you out there. I have decided to lay down the guitar as my interest for music kind of cooled down the last years. So I'm not a part of Nocturnal Rites any more. It's just because of myself. I decided to do this and it has absolutely not been a bad feeling in the band in any way. I don't know how or if I will go on with music, but I will take a break from the guitar that has been taking up all my waken time the last 20 years. The band will always be a 2nd family for me and I'm not closing the door to play with them again if it would be an opportunity and I would have the urge to play again.
We've now completed the drums and the guitars for the new Satyricon album in Los Angeles! We have a new session beginning Monday, doing vocals, bass and and perhaps some brass too. Third week of July we're doing some keyboard/FX stuff before we go back to L.A to mix the record. These are exciting times as we feel this is a milestone in the making. It won't help keeping expectations down, but we can't help it, it feels so incredibly strong! Dates are being confirmed and offers are coming in constantly as we speak and it looks like we will start touring the world mid November. We'll post a video from the recording of the drums over the weekend and in the meantime we might see some of you at Nummirock and Hellfest. Take care.
Opeth have issued the following update about their Iberian gigs:
"Burning Live Festival on the 25th of July is cancelled. Due to the fact that the Portuguese festival got cancelled, Opeth have to cancel Lorca rock as well due to finances. But Opeth will return to Spain in the near future so keep checking the tour dates for updates."