13:31 - !J.O.O.E.! I think it's one of those games that's so hyped by fanboys that at this point it's never going to live up to its legacy, if you haven't played it. I'm sure it's great, but I just found it dry and not fun to play.
After announcing they were working on a new album, Finns The 69 Eyes have now revealed that they are currently putting the finishing touches in the studio on their 10th album. The album will be called X (the 10th) and it will come out in September/October 2012 through RCA/Sony Music in Finland and Nuclear Blast in Europe and North America. The single "Red" will precede the release of the full-length CD in August.
Mark Gromen from BW&BK wrote the following special road report, revealing more details regarding Amorphis' upcoming new album, scheduled for a May 27th release through Nuclear Blast.
"In Sonic Pump Studios, on the outskirts of Helsinki, Amorphis premiered their latest twelve track opus for an assemblage of foreign journalists, as well as homegrown fans. Even the album artwork is still in transition, as an egg hovers in the clouds above a groove of snow covered pine trees, the familiar arched Hammer Of Thor symbol is crudely depicted on the shell. Neither label reps, nor management had heard the album prior to the listening session! Bold move.
The still unmastered disc, rumored to go under the title of Beginning Of Time (the last song on the album) will be finalized within the coming week.
The Man-Eating Tree, the new atmospheric metal band featuring ex-Sentenced drummer Vesa Ranta alongside current/former members of Poisonblack, Reflexion and Embraze, have entered Mastervox Studio in Oulu, Finland to begin recording its debut album with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (Him, Sentenced, Amorphis).
According to the group's official bio, The Man-Eating Tree was formed when "Vesa Ranta, having taken a break from music after Sentenced, began to overcome his post-Sentenced battle fatigue and lack of musical motivation. The idea of a new band - or bands - was eventually brainstormed over a period of time between Vesa and his friends, including gentlemen Miika Tenkula, Aaron Rantonen, Janne Markus (guitar, Poisonblack) and Mikko Uusimaa. Plans were made reality in 2009; the outfit was completed by the addition of Tuomas Tuominen (Fall Of The Leafe) as a vocalist and Heidi Määttä (Embraze) as a keyboard player. First demo recordings were made in the spring and summer of 2009.
Dark Tranquillity will release We Are The Void, due in Europe on March 1, 2010 via Century Media Records.
The drums for the CD were recorded at bassist Daniel Antonsson's studio, while the remaining instruments were tracked at Martin Brändström's (electronics) newly renovated Rogue music facility. The mixing duties are once again being handled by Tue Madsen (Halford, Behemoth, Kataklysm, The Haunted) at his Antfarm studio in Århus, Denmark. Working songtitles set to appear on the CD include "I Am The Void", "Zero Distance", "The Burden Of Love Alive", "Archangelsk" and "Memories In Reverse".
The last leaves have fallen in the old world of Europe, stripping down the trees to wooden skeletons, and a dark wind is blowing from the coldest north to freeze your souls. Finntroll will blow their new album Nifelvind across the withered earth on 22nd February 2010. Everybody who thought that the album title is Mot Skuggornas Värld should learn his lesson to never trust a Troll. Nifelvind was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Mika Jussila (add any big Finnish Metal band for namedropping) at Finnvox Studios. The album cover artwork was done again by the band's own guitarist Skrymer.
Poisonblack have set Of Rust And Bones as the title of their fourth studio album, to be released in Europe on 22 March 2010 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to A Dead Heavy Day was recorded with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa, who has previously worked with HIM, Sentenced, Amorphis and Ensiferum. Songtitles set to appear on Of Rust And Bones include "My Sun Shines Black", "Down The Drain", "The Last Song", "Buried Alive" and "Penaaliseppo".
Kalmah have finished the recordings of their 6th album which will be released in the early 2010. The actual release date has not been set yet. The recording process started in May, continued in June and finally ended in August. All recordings and mixing were done at Tico-Tico studios. Mastering was done at Cutting Room. The album is still untitled. The work title was 12 Gauge which is a title for one song for the album. All in all the band recorded 9 new songs and one cover.
The band added: "Recordings as usual for Kalmah went pretty smoothly. We had everything pretty much ready before the studio and it was easy to just concentrate on the sound and perfection of the performance. The sound, well, of course the sound is great. We managed to dig out more depression and agression overall. From now own we are concentrating on the cover art, booklet and stuff. We have some upcoming shows at Russia in the beginning of November and we are planning for Finnish shows at the beginning of 2010."
The glorious career of Oulu-based metallers Sentenced will be released in a coffin-shaped box which will contain 16 cd's and 2 dvd's. It will contain all their studio albums and demos but also lots of material which is only available through this box. All in all the Coffin contains 144 audio tracks and 42 video tracks so there is over 15 hours of Sentenced heaven...or hell!
Coffin will be released on limited and numbered 4000-piece edition worldwide and it will be released on November 13th 2009.
Here is the CD/DVD list:
CD 1. When Death Joins Us (demo)
CD 2. Rotting Ways to Misery (demo)
CD 3. Shadows of the Past
CD 4. Journey to Pohjola (demo)
CD 5. North from Here
CD 6. The Trooper