The following message was posted on Firewind's website by guitarists Gus G.:
"Looking back on 2007 now I can say that I'm very happy with what we've accomplished with Firewind. We toured heavily for the "Allegiance" album and our world tour passed thru 22 countries and we did about 100 shows to promote it. We had great times touring with some of metal's premier bands such as DragonForce, All That Remains, Angra, Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, etc. through Europe, UK, North America and Japan. We even got to play in Tunisia for the first time!
After a successful Japan tour this October we're finally wrapping up our World Allegiance tour with two final festivals in Europe - one in Spain (Senderos Del Rock) and one in Denmark (Prog Power Scandinavia).
The following news was posted on the website of Century Media :
"Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Finnish Metal band Norther. Since the early days of Sentenced, Century Media was always fond of Finnish acts and we are glad to celebrate the company's 20th anniversary in 2008 with another highlight from the cold North."
The band comments as follows:
"Norther is very excited to announce that we are now a part of the Century Media family. We have been working hard on our new album for months now, and currently we are finishing the mastering and artwork. All members of Norther are very excited about this new contract as well as the forthcoming album which presents a new found power that we all are very proud of. The album will be released in early 2008, stay posted for exact dates. We are anxious to get this album released through a big label and tour the world like never before. Looking forward to meeting you all at the shows!"
German thrash gods Destruction have released the following statement after the recent tour of the U.K. and Ireland.
"All three bands really want to thank all of the fans who turned out to support us on our recent Tour of the UK., but we also wish with hindsight, to apologise to some of you that you had to see us in circumstances that were not ideal, at some venues which sometimes should not have even been included on the schedule. This is solely down to the work undertaken by the booking agent we opted to use, Jon Knight of HAGP Music and we would like to draw the attention of all other bands and the fans to this person because we are most disappointed that charlatans like this continue to be in positions of power in the industry we all love - that of Metal!"
As you've noticed over a past month we've been down a couple times. Since we've been on a shared hosting service we haven't had much to say on the matter and... well the server that has been hosting the site has simply chickened out on us on those times. Hence we've bought ourselves our own server and we'll be upgrading our Internet connection as well, as the current one is obviously lacking for some of you out there outside Estonia.
As of this news item no further news will be posted until the move is completed. Some time during tomorrow we'll turn Metal Storm into a read-only mode and you will all be forced to logout. You'll be able to browse but you won't be able to post, edit, rate, etc. On the top a corresponding message will appear. When we have switched over, it will take a bit of time for DNS records to adjust for the whole world. Once the message on the top disappears and you can log in again, you'll know that you've reached the new location.
Earache Records announces the release of an explosive collection of tracks from the growing legion of New-School Thrash & Crossover bands, set to appear instores in UK and Europe on 21 January 2008 & February 5th in USA.
The compilation entitled "Thrashing Like A Maniac" brings together the very best of the new crop of bands who are revelling in re-awakening the long lost genre, and building on the work of the past thrash masters. It will surely please old and new fans of the genre alike, if razor-sharp riffs, blistering drum speeds and shredding guitar solos are what you crave.
To find out more about the release , head over to http://www.myspace.com/thrashinglikeamaniac.
For many of the acts this collection brings together their very first recordings. Bands include Earache's Evile and Bonded By Blood, plus the debut of recent Earache signees, Irish Thrashers Gama Bomb, as well as the leaders of the current thrash-pack - Municipal Waste. Hand-picked tracks from Dekapitator, Warbringer, Fueled By Fire, Toxic Holocaust, SSS, Mutant, Brasil's Violator, Merciless Death, UK's Deadfall, Lazarus, Send More Paramedics and Sweden's Decadence also appear.
Tankard has announced their first South American tour ever! This is the message that Gerre posted on their official website:
We proudly announce the dates of our very first South-America-tour! We are really looking forward to thrash and party following cities and clubs:
04.12.07 Santiago (RCH), Galpon Victor Jara
05.12.07 Porto Alegre/RS (BR), Bar Opinião
06.12.07 Cascavel/PR (BR), Cascavel Country Clube
07.12.07 Sao Paulo/SP (BR), Hangar 110
08.12.07 Belo Horizonte/MG (BR), Lapa Multishow
Open Grave Records has announced their first ever free download weekend From November 23rd - November 25th, 10 different albums on the Open Grave Records roster will be up for free download.
Albums currently selected for FREE download include:
Necrodemon - Ice Fields of Hyperion
Exterminance - Vomiting the Trinity
Primitive Graven Image - Traversing the Awesome Night
Sapremia - Hollow
Frost Like Ashes - Tophet
A.W.A.S. - Hope
Demon Dog Sperm - Hopeless
Grind Minded - 9mm Facial (officially a Filthy Records release)
No Souls Lost - Eulogy of Genocide (officially self released)
Open Grave Records' president, James Mattern is quoted saying, "We are excited about trying something that is still unheard of in the recording business, however it's time for a label to step forward and give music fans what they have been asking for."
Syrian Death Metal band Absentation have opened their official website, http://www.absentationband.com. The bands first EP "Death Chapter" is available for free to download, while you can find samples of the full-length album "Mental Battle Resurrection" at the discography section on the website.
In other news, Absentation are now looking for a Bassist and a Drummer, if you are interested please contact the band manager via the contact page (here). Absentation will enter to the studio in middle of november to record the new album entitled "Claves Inferni".
The Danish Metal Awards 2007 were held yesterday night (Saturday, November 17) at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark. The winners in each category are:
Metal Album Of The Year: Volbeat - Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil
Metal Debut Album Of The Year: Pitchblack - Redesigned To Dislike
Metal Production Of The Year: Mnemic - Passenger
Metal Cover Of The Year: Anubis Gate - Andromeda Unchained
Metal Video Of The Year: The Psyke Project - "I Get Paralyzed"
International Metal Album Of The Year: Machine Head - The Blackening
Metal Live Band Of The Year: Dawn Of Demise
Metal Talent Of The Year: Invisius - Edge of Hostility
At the award show Soilwork, Hatesphere, Volbeat, Mnemic and Evil Masquerade played abbreviated sets. Horned Almighty and Pilgrimz played at the DMeA after-party.
US Power Metallers Vicious Rumors have posted the following press release on their official website:
"Vicious Rumors would like to thank all the fans and friends who supported the band over the last year on the World War Tour. We had a great time with everyone at all the shows in the USA, Europe & Japan. As the Warball tour ends the band is now in pre production for a new studio CD to be released next year.
Even tho the band has gone through many changes over the years VR has maintained a solid force in US power metal over the last 25 years. VR has already written several new songs for the new CD to follow up "Warball". Due to artistic differences singer James Rivera is no longer in VR. James was let go after the European tour in Sept '07. Recently James Rivera has issued a statement saying VR was Broken up after his departure with a list of other personal problems. We understand that Helstar is his true love and passion and wish them all the best.
You can check out a brand new song from, the apparently reunited, Vehemence entitled "There Are So Many Reasons To Give Up On Religion" online over at their official MySpace page.
The US Technical Death Metal outfit called it quits in October 2005. Read that news statement again at this location. Though, the band reunited in February of 2006 for a few farewell gigs, but has now split up. And apparently seems to be active again.
The following messege has been posted on the band's offical site:
"The great revenge: Testament's upcoming release entitled "The Formation Of Damnation" is being recorded as we speak! They are currently recording the drums tracks with Andy Sneap at Fantasy Studios, in Berkeley, California.
More details, studio reports and pics coming soon... stay tuned!"
Testament's current lineup is rounded out by Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar and Greg Christian on bass. The drums will be recorded with long time band friend Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Exodus, Forbidden, Systematic).