20:57 - !J.O.O.E.! I had a feeling it was going to be good just by the cover art.
19:36 - mz that sounds sth made specificly for me, given my love for virus and AT :D sounds excellent indeed
18:05 - LuciferOfGayness The step from Bal-Sagoth to CoF is small so better go Cruelty and the Beast with CoF for the ultimate PM/BM experience
18:03 - !J.O.O.E.! Is the last one similar style? Am on my second play of the new one, and it's currently the joint second best thing I've heard this year, though it could end up on top. Its quality is through the roof.
17:59 - togo95 yup, already the previous record by Pogavranjen was great and this one is even better.
"Forlorn Waves", a new song from Finnish metallers Barren Earth, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Forlorn Waves" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Curse Of The Red River, which is scheduled for release on March 29 in Europe (April 6 in North America) via Peaceville Records.
Curse Of The Red River cover art] tracklist:
01. The Curse Of The Red River
02. Our Twilight
03. Forlorn Waves
05. The Leer
06. The Ritual Of Dawn
07. Ere All Perish
08. Cold Earth Chamber
09. Deserted Morrows
Barren Earth and MetalSucks.net have teamed up to premiere a brand new track, "The Leer", off the band's forthcoming debut full length record, Curse of the Red River. The song is available for streaming, exclusively at this location.
Former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens and his band Circle II Circle have just started recording their fifth album. Entitled Consequence Of Power, this will be the second concept album of the band. The release is expected for Autumn 2010.
Gamma Ray have added more live dates to their so-called "To The Metal World Tour". Catch the band live in Russia, Asia or Latin America on the following dates:
08.04.10 - Russia - Moscow, B1 Maximum
10.04.10 - Russia - St Petersburg, DK Lensoveta
13.04.10 - Japan - Osaka, Big Cat (with Rage)
15.04.10 - Japan - Tokyo, On Air East (with Rage)
16.04.10 - Japan - Tokyo, On Air East (with Rage)
17.04.10 - Japan - Nagoya, Bottom Line (with Rage)
20.04.10 - Korea - Seoul, V-Hall
21.04.10 - China - Beijing, Mao Live House
22.04.10 - Taiwan - Taipei, Armed Forces Cultural Center
24.04.10 - Guatemala - Guatemala, City Teatro Miguel Angel Asturias
25.04.10 - Mexico - Mexico City, Circo Volador
Lifeforce Records is proud to announce the signing of one of the most exciting young death metal acts, The Last Felony, from Montreal, Canada.
"Our search for a new label is finally over," guitarist Dominic Grimard comments. "We are extremely proud to be joining the Lifeforce family. This label has housed so many great bands, whether it be past or present, which in effect, makes this deal that much more exciting for us. Lately, we have been stalled in our search for a label with an open mind in terms of extreme music, and Lifeforce seems like the perfect fit for us for obvious reasons. We are grateful for this opportunity which Stefan Luedicke and the Lifeforce family have given us, and are anxious to see what the future holds for our band.
Against The Plagues have issued the following update:
"We would to clear the air and clarify all the rumors regarding our line-up changes. We had not yet posted any official statements regarding these changes because we had been busy with all our label-negotiations (re-mastering our self-released album) along with preparing for our upcoming video. Now, we feel that it is time to officially announce that our original guitarist Adrian Adamus (Forest Of Impaled) is no longer member of Against The Plagues. In short, Adrian had decided to part ways with the band (and extreme music) right now in order to focus on his personal/family life. We respect his decision and wish him the very best.
Now, we are extremely proud to announce that bassist Marco Martell (Malevolent Creation, Divine Empire, Kult of Azazel) is handling the guitarist position now and will be participating with the song writing process for the next album. Marco is an accomplished guitarist with the versatility, speed, and skill that the "ATP style" demands. We are very excited about the official release of our debut album along with the new material that we have planned. We would like to thank all the fans that continue to support our endeavors despite this harsh, economic state."
1349 will not be performing at this year's Copenhagen Metal Festival. The band has issued a short press release on their website: "With deepest apologies to all their fans and supporters, 1349 have to announce that they will not play at the upcoming "Copenhagen Metal Festival" on the 2nd of April, due to severe financial/organizational problems at the forefront of the event on the part of the responsible organizers. 1349 & Twisted Talent regret the latest proceedings and want to make sure that there will be no iteration of this situation."
Ratt are streaming the opening track "Eat Me Up Alive" from their first new album in over 10 years, Infestation. Check it out here. The album drops on April 20.
UPDATE (thanks to CHEF METAL HEAD)
Ratt have premiered their new video, "Best Of Me", directed by Andrew Bennett, on Noisecreep. Watch the clip here.
Given the band's history, it's pretty natural that the first frame of Ratt's new video begins with a shot of a Sunset Boulevard street sign. Those first few introductory seconds say everything about the history of Ratt. The sign also alerts the viewer that they're about to experience classic Ratt in all their glory: a live club show, women and that signature guitar tone.
Norwegian extreme metal horde Keep Of Kalessin will release their new album, Reptilian, in North America on June 8 via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Dragon Iconography
02. The Awakening
04. The Dragontower
05. Leaving The Mortal Flesh
06. Dark As Moonless Night
07. The Divine Land
08. Reptilian Majesty
A shortened and rough mix of the new song "The Dragontower" can be heard on the band's MySpace page. Reptilian is the follow up to Keep Of Kalessin's 2008 release, Kolossus and was recorded once again at their own studio in Trondheim, Norway. Final mixing duties were handled this time around by Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Behemoth, Meshuggah).
Soulfly's 7th studio album Omen will be released on May 25th. Guest musicians set to appearance on the album include Prong's Tommy Victor, The Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato and Max Cavalera's sons Zyon and Iggor. Pictures from the studio can be found here.
Omen regular cover art | limited edition cover art] tracklist:
01. Bloodbath & Beyond
02. Rise Of The Fallen
03. Counter Sabotage
04. Jeffrey Dahmer
05. Lethal Injection
06. Great Depression
09. Off With Their Heads
10. Vulture Culture
11. Soulfly VII
12. Four Sticks
14. Your Life, My Life
The new Lacrimas Profundere album The Grandiose Nowhere will see the light of day on April 30th through Napalm Records. The album was produced by John Fryer (HIM, Nine Inch Nails) - who also handled the production on the band's last two albums. Album details below.
In other news, Lacrimas Profundere announced the departure of bassist Peter Kafka, who already left the band in February: "Mr. Kafka (bass) leaves the band. We have more and more offers for tourings and concerts and have so many projects to work with, so it was time for a decision. At the moment we play the gigs together with session musicians on the bass and look what the future brings."
Danish metallers Konkhra have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"...We are working on new songs, we started writing around Feb. 1st. and we already have 10 new songs/ideas, so it should be no problem to record sometime during the summer. The new shit is simpler in some ways, or maybe we just got more fine tuned between us, so the stuff seems more fluent and the lyrical content is almost channeled immediately into the song structure. Maybe last years visits to places like Mont Segur, Rennes Le Chateau, or Munich inspired this next release, or maybe the initiation process between The Masters Column and The Apprentices Column worked wonders fore there seems to be a natural flow of essence as if all we are and ever will be is predestined or at least preordained.
Anathema have officially announced the release of their eagerly anticipated eighth studio album We're Here Because We're Here, to be released on May 31st via Kscope Records.
Danny Cavanagh comments: "We're Here Because We're Here is Anathema's most expansive album to date and by the far best thing we've ever done. Not only have we improved as writers, but because we took our time, we had the opportunity to select the very best material and concentrate on it. We gave the songs the chance to breathe and come alive by themselves and it's ended up being magical - every song is as good as the rest of them. This album features the best performances by the band ever; Vincent's greatest vocals and John's and my best writing."
Edmonton-based metallers Striker will release their debut album, Eyes In The Night, in April via Iron Kodex.
Also two new tracks from Eyes In The Night, entitled "Full Speed Or No Speed" and "Eyes In The Night", are currently available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
Eyes In The Night glimpse of the cover art] tracklist:
01. Full Speed Or No Speed
02. Eyes In The Night
03. We Don't Play By The Rules
04. Never Ending Nights
05. The White Knight
06. Voice Of Rock
07. Ice Cold
09. Believe In Me
10. Hang On (To Your Life)
On April 10 Mesopotamian metal pioneers Melechesh will enter the studio to record their 5th and as of yet untitled album for a period of 4-5 weeks... In unprecedented move in Metal, the band has chosen to record the album in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios which opened their doors this week is run by some of the elite sound Engineers in Turkey. The album is set to be released in summer 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented Ashmedi: "We have been looking for a place to record that can offer us an inspiring surrounding. We also decided to stay true to our spirits, to break the Mold (again) and also to defy the norm, hence we will record in Istanbul; you see the norm is to record westwards it is rather customary, we want to head eastwards. So, Istanbul seemed the best place since This is the city where the east and west meet, mesh, clash, blend, collide etc. and has been as such for milleniums. The music is definitely Melechesh and as always, this album has its own characteristic."