01:58 - Ap46 Well, anything would get better if Laure kicks in, though i fear she was a bit overused in Corpo Mente, she displayed all her vocal ability in every Corpo-Mente's track, which gets just a little bit tiresome by the end.
01:51 - Mechaniacal At this point, I need Laure in everything Igorrr-related. I'd go as far as to say his music would be empty to me without her. Laure has one of the best voices out there.
01:45 - Ap46 Well, it's a mix of acoustic, opera, trip hop, with little touches of metal here and there. It's pretty much avant-garde but a lot more straight forward than Igorrr's main discography.
Silentium has set their forthcoming album on prelisten. "Amortean" will be released on December 3rd in Finland. All the 9 songs are available for listening at the band's MySpace site.
The band's new album was recorded at a studio in central Finland with the multi-talented mainman of Waltari, Kärtsy Hatakka. The band previously said the following about the new material: "some major surprises reserved for loyal fans, who have been more than patient in the wait for the new album. All the Silentians agree that the new material is the most impressive up to date! Prepare yourselves for a massive music experience. This fall, Silentium will be back, more powerful than ever!"
A four-minute sample mp3 of the song "Towards The Infinite" is available for free download at this location. The track comes off Colosseum's sophomore album, "Chapter 2: Numquam". The album will be released in 14th of January 2009 through Firedoom Music.
Obscura (Steffen Kummerer: guitar / vocals, Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist): guitar, Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence): bass, Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist: drums) have posted a brand new track, "Anticosmic Overload", taken from their forthcoming Relapse debut Cosmogenesis online now via the band's MySpace: http://myspace.com/realmofobscura.
Cosmogenesis will see its international release at the end of February 2009.
Additional information and album artwork can be found here.
Obscura have also recently been confirmed as co-headliners of Euroblast Festival 2009 along with Dew-Scented. This festival will take place January 24th, 2009 in Cologne, Germany. For more information, please visit http://www.myspace.com/euroblastfestival.
Negura Bunget's first four releases will soon be re-issued in Digipaks with improved artwork.
"From Transylvanian Forest" is the only demo recording from Wiccan Rede, the legendary precursors to Negura Bunget. This re-release with two bonus tracks lays bare the roots of Negura Bunget in an unique way.
On their debut album "Zîrnindu-Sã", the Romanians celebrate a furious and primal black metal with sophisticated drumming and racing guitars. For many fans, this record still marks the band's pinnacle. The re-release comes with a bonus CD featuring a previously unreleased alternative recording of the entire album.
The potential hinted at on these releases was fully tapped on the EP "Sala Molksa". "Sala Molksa" offers highly original symphonic black metal with a penchant for complex arrangements. This re-release comes with a bonus CD as well, containing an unreleased alternative recording of the EP.
Brazilian metallers Hibria have issued the following update:
"The album has 9 songs and brings Hibria connected to their roots but in a more contemporary approach, resulting in a blasting raging album made to energize, from the beginning to the end, whoever listens to it.
Japan will be the first country to launch it through Spiritual Beast/Universal Music on December 10th.
Once again, the album was produced by guitar and bass players Diego Kasper and Marco Panichi.
They´ve brought the powerful vocals of Iuri Sanson to new stages and highlighted the complex rhythm riffs and arrangements developed by guitar players Abel Camargo and Diego Kasper up to the face of the listeners. Drums and bass guitar were in charge of delivering a consistently heavy and loud rhythm section to support the strong melodies developed by the lead musicians.
"Darkest Legacy", the new video from Swedish metallers Cloudscape, can be viewed at this location. The clip was filmed, directed and edited by Rainer Holmgren (Pain Of Salvation, Arsis).
"Darkest Legacy" comes off the Cloudscape's third album, entitled "Global Drama", which was released this past summer in Europe through Goldencore/Roastinghouse Records and in North America through Nightmare Records.
Opeth have announced new South American/Mexican tour dates. The band commented as follows: "We receive a lot of mail from you guys in South America and now we can announce that Opeth will come to South America in 2009! During March and April Opeth we will appear in Mexico City, Bogota, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo."
Mar. 28 - Monterrey, Mexico - Café Iguana
Mar. 29 - México City, Mexico - Circo Volador
Apr. 01 - Bogota, Colombia - Teatro Metro
Apr. 03 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - The End
Apr. 04 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caupolicán
Apr. 05 - São Paulo, Brazil - Santana Hall
Anglo-Chilean thrash masters Criminal have set "White Hell" as the title of their upcoming sixth studio album, which will be released on February 27th, 2009 by Massacre Records. The album is currently being recorded at bassist Dan Biggin's home studio.
"'White Hell' could be many things," vocalist/guitarist Anton Reisenegger comments on the title, "a hell of cocaine abuse, or a hell of racism and intolerance, or driving through Europe in the middle of winter in a van with no heating - which we actually did on the Six Feet Under tour! The someone waking up in an emergency room, not knowing how or why they got there - which is actually based on a real-life experience - and this is what we are going to try and depict on the album cover in a very nightmarish way. Our long-time cover designer Claudio Bergamin has already gone to work on the cover, and I expect it to be killer as always!"
Another new song of the forever-in-the-works Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" has been put online. "Better" is now streaming online at Q104.3 FM radio station. You can check it out at this location. Also the title song of the too-long-awaited album, which should be hitting the shelves in the coming week, is available for streaming there.
In other news, Dutch retailer Van Leest has posted 30-second samples of every track from "Chinese Democracy" over at this location.
German melodic black metallers Sycronomica have posted their first official video clip online, for the song called "To The Rivers End". The video was shot on Ragnarok festival 2007. The song of this video comes from the band's last album, entilted "Gate", which was released in 2006.
The band commented: "We are glad to finally present our video clip that was shot on the Ragnarök festival in 2007 from the song "To The Rivers End"! At the moment we are occupied with the first recordings for our third album, so watch out for the first samples that we will put online in the next weeks."
Blabberemouth reports the following news: former Rainbow musicians Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Carey, Bobby Rondinelli and Greg Smith have united with a second-generation Blackmore to form Over The Rainbow.
Over The Rainbow is:
Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow 1980-1984) - Vocals
Tony Carey (Rainbow 1975-1978) - Keyboards
Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow 1980-1983) - Drums
Greg Smith (Rainbow 1994-1997) - Bass
Jürgen "J.R." Blackmore - Guitar
Carey, who has produced several artists (including Joe Cocker and David Knopfler) since his Rainbow days, says, "Having done everything from country to opera, I thought it would be fun to play some rock again without the burden of singing everything."
According to a recent update on their official website, Dark Moor's upcoming album will be entitled "Autumnal" and the cover artwork was created by Canadian artist Yaga Kielb.
01. Swan Lake
02. On The Hill Of Dreams
03. Phantom Queen
04. And End So Cold
06. Don't Look Back
07. When The Sun Is Gone
08. For Her
09. The Enchanted Forest
10. The Sphinx
11. Fallen Leaves Waltz
Sirenia will release an exclusive download-only single, in advance of the release of their new album "The 13th Floor", due January 23rd 2009. The brand new single "The Path To Decay" will be released on December 26th and will available through all established download shops.
Tracklist "The Path To Decay" cover art]:
01. The Path To Decay (radio mix) - 3:33
02. The Path To Decay (album version) - 4:18
03. Winterborn 77 (instrumental) - 5:33
Vader frontman Peter Wiwczarek has posted a detailed band update on the official Vader website. You can read the whole message here.
"We open a new chapter in Vader's history in December: "Necropolis"! In Hertz Studios we're gonna record a 4-5 song demo for the upcoming new full length. This is nothing but checking out new sounds and different way of work in studio. It's not gonna be official, thou' we'll put a song on our site for you to listen to. The ultimate recordings are booked for March 2009 and "Necropolis" will be produced by Tue Madsen (who previously worked with such bands as Moonspell, Hatesphere, The Haunted, Gorefest, Heaven Shall Burn and many more) in Anfarm Studio in Denmark. The title of the album - which is the very first Vader song ever - is chosen not by chance. It will be connected with recordings like "De Profundis" or "Litany" with themes of Forgotten Worlds, Mythos or Ancient Powers still living in humans sub consciousness. Just mentioned few titles: "Devour", "Dark Heart" or "Forgotten" (all written by Harry Maat). Pawel Frelik - the Voice of Truth in the band - is also gonna put some lines on the album. We'd like to change "Necropolis" designs as well making the "overall view" in old style of Metal. Of course, I'll keep informing you about the progress. As I promised..."
Update from the band on the new upcoming album, "Milorg":
"We are approaching the release of "Milorg" (January 5th), and now we have got the artwork for the album ready. Once again the design is done by PC Groove, and we tremendously satisfied with his work. Check it out at this location.
Songtitles for "Milorg":
03. Speak Goddamnitt
05. Blucher Part II
06. Heroes and Villains
07. Argumentum Ex Silentio
News on the European Tour: "We have hooked up wit legendary Norse metal band Kampfar for a co-headlining European tour in February. Support will come from our label mates Iskald. This will be a killer package, and Vreid are ready as hell to get out on the road with our new album. Check out the tourposter for more info."