23:59 - Netzach Czerny, I get your point but I'd say the same about "Ashes"... It just gets too droney and gaze-ish in sections. Limbs and Not Unlike the Waves are awesome though... The Mantle has this "whiskey fueled regret"-feel I adore
23:55 - Netzach Btw, AMA on Reddit with A.A Nemtheanga if anyone's interested [link]
23:51 - Czerny Reiter Ashes Against the Grain & Marrow take the cake for me. The Mantle has some sections where it loses steam and gets all too mellow.
23:45 - Overrwatcher The Mantle is beautiful. It's not technical or experimental, it's just a well-crafted album made with simple instruments. I show it to non-metalhead friends and they love it.
23:12 - Netzach 3rd, compared to those albums, The Mantle contains a lot more post-rock and acoustic/folk.
Cathedral are ready to commence work on their ninth studio album. The band will enter the Chapel Studios together with producer Warren Riker in November to record The Guessing Game. Some song titles have also been revealed: "Journeys Into Jade", "The Casket Chasers", "Funeral Of Dreams", "Death Of An Anarchist", "La Noche Del Buque Maldito" (aka Ghost Ship Of The Blind Dead) and "Open Mind Surgery". The artwork will once more be supplied by longtime Cathedral cover artist Dave Patchett.
The Guessing Game is scheduled for a spring 2010 release.
Swedish rockers, Sonic Syndicate, have uploaded a brand new track called "Burn This City" on their MySpace page. You can check it out here, and also hear the new singer Nathan J. Biggs performing.
A video to "Burn This City" was shot by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company.
The band will be releasing a new EP called "The Rebellion Pack", which contains two brand new songs ("Burn This City" (album and radio version), "Rebellion In Nightmareland") featuring Nathan, on November 6th which comes together with the latest album "Love And Other Disasters" as an all-in-one-package.
A new album is due in April/May 2010, so stay tuned!
Lyn Jeffs, drummer of UK based Annotations Of An Autopsy, issued the following statement:
"I´ve decided to leave Annotations Of An Autopsy to concentrate on my other band Ingested, I feel that they deserve a drummer who is 100% commited to what the band is doing. I've had a great time on tour with AOAA and a great time meeting all the fans who have supported me and the band over the past year. I wish the band luck in the future and hope to share a stage again one day. For now, I will be playing the remaining tours we have booked till the end of the year, so I'm looking forward to meeting all you fuckers on the road again!"
Chimaira rhythm guitarist Matt DeVries is sitting out the remainder of the band's European tour so that he can be home in time for the birth of his son. Filling in for him for the rest of the European dates is Emil Werstler of Dååth.
DeVries will be back on stage with Chimaira for the band's U.S. tour with Trivium, which kicks off on October 29.
Commented Matt: "This is going to be one of the happiest moments of my life and I want to thank the fans for understanding my absence. Emil is one of the most talented guitarists I have ever jammed with and I am fully confident he will do a fantastic job filling in. I'll be back on stage riffing in a few weeks."
Scar Symmetry have made their entire new album "Dark Matter Dimensions" available for streaming online at the band's MySpace. "Dark Matter Dimensions" will be released on October 2, 2009 (Europe) and October 20, 2009 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
"Dark Matter Dimensions" cover art] tracklist:
01. The Iconoclast
02. The Consciousness Eaters
03. Noumenon And Phenomenon
04. Ascension Chamber
05. Mechanical Soul Cybernetics
06. Non-Human Era
07. Dark Matter Dimensions
08. Sculptor Void
09. A Parenthesis In Eternity
11. Radiant Strain
Machine Head announced that the band will no longer play the upcoming Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth, UK:
"It is with the utmost disappointment that we must announce that Machine Head will not be playing the Sonisphere date at Knebworth in the U.K. on August 2nd.
In a turn of events that has left us absolutely baffled, the promoter of the U.K. Sonisphere festival recently placed, unbeknownst to us, Limp Bizkit in our 3rd slot on the festival. Seeing as the running order was a significant part of the negotiation and agreement between us and the promoter, and the fact that we had been advertised in that slot since the festival's announcement, you can imagine our surprise when we were "told" that we would now be playing in the 4th slot, under Limp Bizkit, and bizarrely, it was actually expected that we would quietly move down the bill without issue. We will not.
Canadian legends Voivod have just put their new album "Infini" (released June 12th) online as a stream. You can listen to the complete album - which is late guitarist's Denis "Piggy" D'Amours legacy - right here.
"Infini" cover art] tracklist:
01. God Phones
02. From The Cave
04. Global Warning
05. A Room With A View
06. Destroy After Reading
07. Treasure Chase
08. Krap Radio
09. In Orbit
New York death metal veterans Immolation have signed a worldwide, multi-album contract with Nuclear Blast Records, who will release the band's upcoming eighth studio album in early 2010.
Commented the band: "We are looking forward to working with Nuclear Blast, a classic label that has become one of the largest driving forces in metal today. We intend to have a new album out for early next year. Expect the new one to have some of the most dark and intense music we've ever put together!"
Isis is going to release their fifth studio album on 5 May, via Ipecac Recordings. The CD, entitled "Wavering Radiant" was produced by Joe Baressi and will receive a limited-edition vinyl release on April 21. Tool's Adam Jones contributed guitar parts to two songs from the LP.
The album cover can be seen here.
"Wavering Radiant" tracklisting:
01. Hall Of The Dead
02. Ghost Key
03. Hand Of The Host
04. Wavering Radiant
05. Stone To Wake A Serpent
06. 20 Minutes / 40 Years
07. Threshold Of Transformation
Pain's brandnew videoclip for "Follow me" taken from the album, "Cynic Paradise" is now online. Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon makes a guest appearance on two tracks of that album ("Follow Me" and "Feed Us") and also makes a guest appearance in the video. Check it out here.
Divine Heresy regret to announce the following message, posted on the group's MySpace page:
"Divine Heresy would like to send our sincerest apologies to all of our South American fans. We were so happy to finally be able to come down and play some killer show's for all of you guys!, but the promoter (Casa De Musica) fucked up getting the necessary work visa's and flight's. Please do not let this reflect negatively on the band and as soon as we find a new promoter we will come back down there and tear it up!"