17:16 - Apothecary Did someone share this the other day? It's OK-ish, but I feel like all the tracks sound too much alike. Really haven't been hearing many highlights for blackened doom this year [link]
Dutch metallers Asphyx have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Asphyx is currently working on songs for the upcoming Deathhammer album. In January Asphyx will enter the Sonic Assault studio again to record the first 4 tracks together with their sound engineer Frank Klein Douwel. Some titles are "Reign Of The Brute" ,"Vespa Cabro" ," We Doom You To Death","Asphyx-Minefield", and the titletrack "Deathhammer". Axel Hermann will do the cover artwork and Dan Swanö will do the mixing again."
"The Way Of The Serpent", one of the new tracks of Swedish gothic/doom metal act The Equinox Ov The Gods, has now been made available for streaming at the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the band's most recent EP, entitled The End Of Days, and was released on October 22nd.
The End Of Days cover art] tracklist:
01. The End Of Days
02. Gothic Lullaby
04. The Way Of The Serpent
05. The Gallows Lord
Spanish heavy metal veterans Barón Rojo, who formed back in 1980, will continue their 30 Aniversario Tour next year. For a full list of 2011 tour dates, head over here.
To commemorate this historic event, the band started working on a movie, picturing the 30 years of history of the band, from the very beginning of the band till their 30th anniversary tour which started earlier this year. This will be the first time a Spanish heavy metal band will get their own movie. The movie is expected to air somewhere at the end of next year.
The band has now posted a message asking their fans to send in any material that could help the band to complete this new ambitious project. More info is available (in Spanish) at this location.
King Diamond backing vocalist Livia Zita (who is also King Diamong's wife) has issued the following update on King's (real name: Kim Bendix Petersen) health status:
"Let me catch you all up on the past couple of weeks' happenings, because it affects many things.
On Monday the 29th of November, King had to be transported to the nearby hospital by ambulance. After several different tests were done and the EKG machine showing abnormalities, the doctors recommended that he get a cardiac catheterization.
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where the doctors lead a very thin tube up from the leg and into the heart, where it injects dye into the bloodstream. Then a camera at the end of the tube takes many pictures of the heart's arteries, looking for blockages. After this was done, they determined that King had several heart attacks, and three of his heart's arteries were the cause: one was completely blocked, the second was 90% blocked, and the third was 65% blocked.
TheRave.com will be streaming HellYeah live in concert from The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA. The worldwide broadcast will begin at 8pm CDT (9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific/1am GMT) on Saturday, December 11th. Hail The Villain, Anew Revolution and American Bang are also scheduled to be a part of the broadcast.
The stream is FREE for fans around the world to view from the comfort of their home computers. Visit this location to log in and be a part of this exclusive event.
Children Of Bodom, the hard partying Finnish Heavy Metal band that features frontman and modern-day guitar hero Alexi Laiho will release its new album Relentless Reckless Forever on March 8, 2011 via Universal Music.
Recorded in Finland's Petrax Studios with famed rock producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Monster Magnet), Relentless Reckless Forever is the seventh studio album of Children Of Bodom's illustrious career and the first new record from the band since 2008's Blooddrunk, which debuted at #22 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart and scored the quintet its third consecutive #1 debut in Finland. On Relentless Reckless Forever, COB's high-energy hooks and electric energy forge stadium-sized heavy metal anthems that seethe with both marvelous musicianship and a phenomenal pop prowess. The quintet's unique union of haunting melodies, rhythmic sensibility, guitar-and-keyboard interplay and king-size solos is supercharged to the maximum, and the resulting record is poised to push the band - already on the brink of breakout success in the U.S. - to an altogether new pinnacle.
It's been a while since you last heard from us. We have an announcement to make before we can move on with more news.
Niklas Skogqvist on 2nd guitar decided to leave the band last month. We have not yet decided if we will continue as a quartet. In fact, our music is more technically suited for two guitarists and we might therefore need a second guitarist again. Decadence is down to its solid quartet and we'll see which turn we take after that.
Nicke felt that he had too many things going on in his life. He said Decadence needs a guitarist that gives 100% which he says he was not able to do.
Some of his own words: "I want you all to know that I've had an awesome experience with you. I have had so much fun during these two years and I really wish I could go on with it. I've always enjoyed being with you, both as musicians by my side and as four best buddies. Missing you already, and of course, this decision consists of many emotions. But as I said, it's been a blast being with you and you're awesome at what you do. So a big tribute to you, I know you will go far with this, and knowing you, you will never give up. I wish the best for you because you are the best"
Dutch Thrash/Death metal band Izegrim have made a brand-new track available for streaming. Check out "Victim Of Honor" at the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the group's upcoming effort Code Of Consequences, to be released in February 2011 via Listenable Records.
Veteran British female hard rockers Girlschool are currently in the studio re-recording their classic 1981 album Hit And Run. The new version will be released in 2011 to celebrate the album's 30th anniversary.
Hit And Run was originally made available in March 1981, and reached position No. 5 in the UK charts. The album also certified gold in New Zealand and Canada.
Hit And Run cover art] tracklist:
01. C'mon Let's Go
02. The Hunter
03. (I'm Your) Victim
04. Kick It Down
05. Following the Crowd
07. Hit And Run
08. Watch Your Step
09. Back To Start
10. Yeah Right
11. Future Flash
2010 has been a bad year, also for Italian power metal outfit White Skull. During the last couple of months the band suffered from some severe line-up changes and lost three of its members, as bassist Gio Raddi, keyboard player Alessio Lucatti (Vision Divine) as well as vocalist Elisa de Palma parted ways with the band.
The remaining members of White Skull have now announced they will introduce their new line-up next week, December 18. Stay tuned for further updates!
Suicidal Tendencies will embark on an Australian tour in May 2011. Tickets go on sale Thursday December 16. Confirmed live shows include:
May 12 - Gold Coast, AUS @ Coolangatta Hotel
May 13 - Brisbane, AUS @ The Hi-Fi
May 14 - Sydney, AUS @ The Metro
May 15 - Melbourne, AUS @ Billboard
May 17 - Adelaide, AUS @ Fowlers
May 18 - Perth, AUS @ The Capitol
A few days ago already, Canadian drone doomsters Nadja have launched a bandcamp page for digital music downloads, including a couple pay-what-you-want releases. You can stream and/or download full albums - 16 to be exact! - as well as separate songs from both Nadja and Aidan Baker's solo project.
All you have to do is name a price (with no minimum), and give away your e-mail address (you'll be added to the Broken Spine Productions mailing list, from which you can unsubscribe at any time) to download hours and hours of drone sweetness.
After announcing 6 UK dates for coming March 2011 already, The Devin Townsend Project now announces a full blown European tour which will see the band playing 25 shows in 13 different countries.
Mr Townsend, being hard at work to put the final touches to the upcoming albums Ghost and Deconstruction (both tentatively scheduled for a May release), commented: "After another busy, busy, year, we have set ourselves up for an even busier one... and to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way. I have just recently finished Ghost (record 4, the mellow one) and am currently up to my balls in Deconstruction (record 3, the heavy one... for which we are using the Prague Symphony Orchestra to make more ridiculous than it really needs to be ) and I've yet to get my goddamn garage cleaned, so yeah... things are busy. I love it.