18:39 - Marcel Hubregtse Those two were okay, but still incredibly generic. Like you I don't understand why they keep on going back to that sound from time to time.
18:37 - Apothecary I'd say the first two MV albums weren't all that bad, but it should've just stopped after that. And yes, I've been wondering why they continue to bother with that sound anymore as well
18:30 - Marcel Hubregtse Incredible that a band that can be totally out there when they want too (bordering on avantgarde) also records stuff which is incredibly generic (looking at all the MV albums)
Pain will release its new album "Cynic Paradise" on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to "Psalms Of Extinction", which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner, features "eleven gems offering a vast variety of styles and influences which are even new for Pain," according to a press release. Nightwish singer Anette Olzon makes a guest appearance on two tracks, "Follow Me" and "Feed Us". The artwork was created by renowned artist Travis Smith (Amorphis, Opeth, Nevermore).
"Cynic Paradise" will be available as a limited-edition digipack including a bonus Cd.
German Folk Rock/Metal masters Subway To Sally have just announced the release of their new live DVD/CD "Schlachthof!".
The extensive DVD and CD package will document the band's highly acclaimed gig in Dresden, venue Alter Schlachthof, on December 28th, 2007 while playing the first leg of their Bastard tour. The double feature will be available as a limited DVD digi plus CD, limited CD digi plus DVD as well as on blue ray disc. "Schlachthof!" is set to be unleashed on September 5th. Tracklist, cover artwork and further details to be revealed soon. Furthermore the two albums "Herzblut" (2001) and "Engelskrieger" (2003) will be re-issued together in a noble, embossed double digipack with re-done cover art. The package will also be released on September 5th.
Swedish art-rock outfit Cult Of Luna has set "Eternal Kingdom" as the title of its fifth full-length album, due on June 16 in Europe and July 8 in the U.S. via Earache Records. The CD was recorded at Tonteknik Studios in the band's hometown of Umeå. The follow-up to 2006's critically aclaimed "Somewhere Along The Highway" will reportedly be "much heavier and darker affair than previous albums."
The artwork for "Eternal Kingdom" can be viewed at this location.
Commented guitarist Erik Olofsson: "It is with great ambition and struggle we have created a very heavy album. The sound is strong and progressive. Our compositions do not hold back on anything this time!"
According to a posting on the Six Feet Under website, legendary death metal vocalist Chris Barnes has officially parted ways with the Finnish death metal band Torture Killer, who took their name from a Six Feet Under song back when they were a SFU and Obituary cover band.
"I am no longer involved with, or a member of the band Torture Killer. The split is mutual; it was just time for me to move forward. I wish the band well in all future plans and musical endeavors" comments Chris Barnes.
Torture Killer have commented the split and announced their new vocalist on their Myspace site:
"From this point on we will continue with Sallinen on vocals. No drama, we agreed it will be less confusing and better for us and Chris to continue on our own paths. We're very grateful for his help during the past few years and wish him the best of luck - he's been cool to us all this time. With Sallinen we now have a complete and solid line-up and will concentrate on finishing the 3rd Torture Killer album."
This is message is published by Amon Amarth's official website:
"You've heard the rumours already, but now we can finally confirm from our part that we will take part of the European tour with Dimmu Borgir.
We're really glad to be a part of that package and look forward touring with our fellow Scandinavians.
The tour starts in late September and runs until beginning of November. Check them here:
22.06 (DE) BALINGEN / BANG YOUR HEAD OPEN AIR www.bang-your-head.de
23.06 (FR) HELLFEST www.hellfest.fr
24.06 (B) GRASPOP METAL MEETING www.graspop.com
29.06-01.07 (DE) WITH FULL FORCE OPEN AIR www.withfullforce.de
SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR homepage
w. Gwar, Chimera, Shadows Fall + more