The Rock Hard Festival 2008 is set to take place May 9-11, 2008 at the Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. First bands confirmed on the festival bill are Immortal, Celtic Frost, Enslaved, Moonsorrow, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and Volbeat.
18 more bands will be announced over the coming months. A 3day ticket will cost €59.
In the meanwhile, Immortal has posted the following confirmation on their official website:
"After the 7 Dates Of Blashyrkh, and our return to home shores at the Hole In The Sky Festival, we still have 2 remaining dates in Norway this fall before we concentrate on the next studio album. Tickets for both the Notodden and Trondheim shows are available now. We are already preparing for the activities next year, and we can today announce that we will headline next years's edition of the Rock Hard Festival in Germany. The festival takes place May 9-11, 2008 in the Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre. This will be the first opportunity to see the band live in Germany in 2008."
Romanian band Negura Bunget and Lupus Lounge have agreed upon an encompassing collaboration. Among other things, Lupus Lounge will re-release "From Transylvanian Forests" as well as the albums "Zirnindu-Sa", "Maiastru Sfetnic" and "Sala Molksa" with extensive bonus material. The band is also planning a new recording of the album "Maiastru Sfetnic" featuring a traditional Transylvanian orchestra. Negura Bunget are going to fulfil their contract with the label Code666, but have voiced their trust in Lupus Lounge in that a contract on future releases after the cessation of the cooperation with Code666 has already been signed. In its music, this ambitious and challenging (their listeners as well as themselves) band unites original Black Metal atmospheres with many-layered arrangements deeply inspired by local Transylvanian spirituality and folklore. The band garnered much praise for their last two albums, "'N Crugu Bradului" and "Ôm", and their concert audience agrees that Negura Bunget's music is a law unto itself.
According to a blog posted on the band's MySpace page, Pyramaze will enter the studio October 1st in Haderslev, Denmark to commence the recording of the successor to "The Legend Of The Bone Carver." The band's on fire and ready to record another piece of epic Heavy Metal art. You can follow the progress via the studio diary at http://www.pyramaze.com our at the band's forum, here.
As posted on the band's website, the new POS' drummer will play his first show in Norway!
"Always two there is...
The search is over, and a new drummer has now joined the band. The level of competition and skills among the few drummers who remained at the top of the crop was extremely high, but this guy outplayed everyone in the end. To the extent, it might be added, that the band even chose to go for the one non-Swede finalist.
So, who could this phantom be?
Well, just to make things painful, it will not be made official who the new drummer is as of yet. Instead, the veil will fall live on stage next week, at the Motstoy festival in Notodden, Norway, 6th of October. This is not only the very last gig of the Sickening the World tour of 2007, but also the farewell show of long time drummer Johan Langell. This will be the only chance to see both drummers on stage with Pain of Salvation and, needless to say, those who have the possibility of attending this show will definitely be in for a special treat.
Cadaveria has scheduled a new music video for the song "Anagram". The track comes off the band's new album "In Your Blood", recently released by Season of Mist.
The shootings will start on September 30, 2007. Cadaveria (herself) revealed "the images will be disquieting and sick".
The band has recently posted on its official website a summary of Cadaveria and Marçelo Santos apparition on Rock TV Sky Channel, presenting the new CD. Go to this link to see what happened.
Primordial are one of those bands that are strong enough to go through hard times and live to tell about it. After years of instability in concern of labels, confirmed and then cancelled tours and even band members Primordial are finally able to concentrate on what really matters. The second album for Metal Blade Records "To The Nameless Dead" (the sixth effort in total) is a timeless statement and an ode to their forefathers which lives and breathes the ancient spirit mixed with anger, pain and despair.
"'To The Nameless Dead' is defiantly at odds with a modern metal scene that often seems to place banality, mediocrity and safety above passion, honesty and truth." - A. A. Nemtheanga
Vanden Plas have updated their website with a few of the following messages:
"The Vanden Plas show at the ProgPower USA VIII Festival on the 4th of October will be recorded for a possible DVD release if the recording turns out well.
The Vanden Plas rock musical "Christ 0" will be played at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany! The musical will feature all songs from the "Christ 0" album plus other Vanden Plas songs and two new ones. Holger Hauer and Andy Kuntz are responsible for the libretto. Holger Hauer will be director, Günter Werno musical director and Vanden Plas will be responsible for the songs. Here are the dates:
11 April 2008 (Premier) / 18 April 2008 / 25 April 2008 / 03 May 2008 / 17 May 2008 / 07 June 2008 / 14 June 2008 / 28 June 2008 / 04 July 2008 / 11 July 2008 / 18 July 2008 / 24 July 2008 / 26 July 2008 / 28 July 2008 / 30 July 2008
In Oulu and Mikkeli the vocal duties will be handled by Tuple Salminen, whereas in Helsinki and Tampere you will have the last chance to witness Thunderstone on stage with the original lineup.
Guitarist Nino Laurenne has issued the following statement: "It's great to close one chapter of Thunderstone with these two Christmas gigs and show people that there is no animosity between us. We are looking forward to a bright future with the new members, whoever they turn out to be in the end."
The following update was posted on Soilwork official website:
"We are thrilled to be on this tour which we think is the best tourpackage to hit the states for a very long time. We've toured with the boys in Killswitch Engage a couple of times before and we both sure do know how to share a bottle(s) of Jack. We always had a blast! We haven't toured with Lamb Of God or Devildriver before but we've occasionally run into each other and all we can say is that we definately dig their music and are really looking forward to get to know those guys better. Prepare to soil your pants people!!! See you on the road!"
Dates are as follows:
Nov. 28 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Arena
Nov. 29 - Reading, PA - Reading Eagle Theatre
Megadeth's new video for the song 'Never Walk Alone' premiered exclusively on the official Megadeth MySpace page Wednesday, September 26! The video was shot on August 22nd at Cheyenne Studios in Castaic, California.
'Never Walk Alone' comes from the last Megadeth album entitled "United Abominations" which was released on 15 May 2007.
The new video clip for the song 'Fighting The Darkness' is now online on the Primal Fear MySpace page (or by clicking here for a direct link to the video).
The 'Fighting The Darkness' song comes from the Primal Fear's new album entitled "New Religion" which was released in Europe and other parts of the world on September 21st/24th.