Swedish metal band Skyfire have posted following at their official myspace page:
"Swedish progressive death metallers Skyfire have set "Esoteric" as the title of their fourth album, due this fall via Pivotal Rockordings. The cover art, which can only be described as "epic," was created by Pär Olofsson, who has previously worked with Brain Drill, Psycroptic, Spawn Of Posession, and Persuader.
The recording process for Esoteric is nearing completion at Powernest Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. Studio blogs can be viewed at Revolution-Music.dk.
The follow-up to 2004's "Spectral", Esoteric is scheduled to be mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry) at Black Lounge Studios..."
Finnish folk metal band have posted following at their website:
"We are crossing the Atlantic Ocean again this fall. This time we head out with support from American Death/Thrashers Warbringer! The dates can be found in the Live-section. Tickets on sale exclusively until May 3rd through www.EnterTheVault.com, later through all normal ticketing services.
The dates are:
22.08.2008 - USA, Springfield, VA
23.08.2008 - USA, Philadelphia, PA
24.08.2008 - USA, New York, NY
25.08.2008 - USA, Cambridge, MA
26.08.2008 - CAN, Montreal, QC
27.08.2008 - CAN, Quebec City, QC
28.08.2008 - CAN, Toronto, ON
29.08.2008 - USA, Cleveland, OH
30.08.2008 - USA, Mokena, IL
31.08.2008 - USA, Minneapolis, MN
Sabaton has posted the tracklist for "The Art Of War":
01. Sun Tzu says
02. Ghost Division
03. The Art Of War
06. The nature Of Warfare
07. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
10. Union (Slopes Of St.Benedict)
11. The Price Of A Mile
13. A Secret
The band will enter the studio this Friday to start the recording.
Kai Hahto, drummer of Wintersun, has posted the following album update on their message board:
I'm making a little statement where we are at the moment. We're having a lot of problems with our computer at the moment. This resuslts in much frustration and also kills the inspiritation, because we cannot work as we want to and for example one wrong note can cause a whole days work. So the situation is now this. We are finished with everything else except the vocals and synths. We are talking about more orchestral stuff with layers on top of each other, and some songs have some cool choirs!
People, please understand that the scale for this album is much bigger than the first one. I love the first one too, but you can't compare these two at all.
A few days ago, the first names were released for the Metaltown metal festival in Gothenburg. The 2008 edition of the festival will have 2 days instead of one. Metaltown will take place at Frihamnen in Gothenburg 27-28 June.
The line up so far: Nightwish, Monster Magnet, Bullet For My Valentine, Amon Amarth, Killswitch Engage, Nifelheim and Witchcraft. The complete line up will consist about 30 bands.