16:18 - PocketMetal Ok, that's fine. It took me 9 months to read it but it was literally the most life-changing experience of my life, I don't regret a second of it.
15:55 - Zaphod Nope, and I don't intend to. I could go on and explain why, but it'd take me multiple shouts and I'm not really feeling like explaining my opinion on modern epic fantasy. So let's just say the series is too long for me.
15:45 - PocketMetal I like modern fantasy the most, have you read Malazan Book of the Fallen?
15:43 - Zaphod I usually read fantasy and sci fi, but most modern epic fantasy doesn't do it for me.
15:38 - PocketMetal I usually read epic fantasy, it was even harder for me to suddenly go to space.
15:31 - Zaphod It might also have to do with the fact that the last book I did read was Dune and that was one of the best sci fi books I've ever read.
15:29 - Zaphod I'm still on the first book. It's hard to get through for me, but that might have more to do with the fact that I haven't read a book in 4 months (!) (I usually read quite often)
Reunited Austrian black metal band Abigor have inked a deal with End All Life Records.
The band write in a statement :
"We're glad to announce the co-operation with End All Life Records.
Note: There different reasons for our decision, but at least we're still rooted in the lungs of hell, and not one major/underground label/distribution could offer us a deal similar to End All Life.
So await the release of a great album with the support of an independent label with a worldwide distribution...
Anyway, we'd like to thank all labels and distributions that would have been interested in a co-operation with Abigor."
Nuclear Blast Records will re-release Kataklysm latest effort, "In The Arms Of Devastation" in North America to coincide with the extensive US touring plans the band has going for 2007. The album is to be reissued in January 2007 with new packaging and will contain the "The End of Serenity: Live in Strassbourg" DVD, which was filmed during the "Serenity in Fire" campaign in France. The CD will also contain all of the band's video clips and will be limited to 5,000 copies.
As officially announced, Kataklysm will team up with Neaera , Fear My Thoughts and Quo Vadis for the "Road To Devastation" European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in January 2007.
German thrash metallers, Holy Moses are again in the studio to mix the live bonustracks for the re-release of the disorder of the order album.the re-release will contain a new coverartwork and the following tracks:
Disorder Of The Order
1. Intro (1:37)
2. We Are At War (4:12)
3. Disorder Of The Order (4:43)
4. Break The Evil (3:13)
5. Deeper (3:37)
6. Hell On Earth (3:59)
7. I Bleed (3:17)
8. Blood Bond (3:00)
9. 1.000 Lies (3:58)
10. Princess Of Hell (3:06)
11. Verfolgungswahn (4:14)
12. Heaven Vs. Hell (1:51)
1. End Of Time - live Markthalle, Hamburg, Wacken Aftershow Party 06th, august 2006
2. Symbol Of Spirit - live Markthalle, Hamburg, Wacken Aftershow Party 06th, august 2006
Following the previous announcement of reunited Norwegian Black metallers Immortal 's return to the stage in 2007, Photograve Management confirms two further possibilities to experience Immortal live next year:
June 29 - July 1, Immortal will make Finnish ears bleed with their co-headlining performance at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki. This is the first time ever Immortal plays Finland, so it should make for a very special show - being the band's only appearance in Finland for 2007. For more information on Tuska, please visit the official site at http://www.tuska-festival.fi.
July 20th, it's Slovenia's turn to be conquered, as Immortal headlines the 4th edition of Metal Camp in Tolmin, truly bringing Hell In Paradise to Slovenia. The official homepage of the festival is found at http://www.metalcamp.com.
Swedish doom metallers, Candlemass have posted the following extensive update via the band's homepage:
"You have heard the rumours and it is with a heavy heart we must make this official. The band have tried to solve the situation several times, but Messiah cannot be persuaded to sing on the new album. His attitude and demands are way too unreasonable.
I'm very sorry about this, not surprised though.
We have all been very disappointed with Messiahs behaviour during the previous years reunion, especially with his childish and undemocratic way to "discuss" matters before the may recording at Polar in Stockholm. It's not cool when one person refuses to listen to other people, don't give a shit about his bandmates and demands special treatment.
Wintersun's drummer Kai Hahto has issued the following update:
"We have to inform you that the last three shows which were in Sweden and Norway are not going to happen in the upcoming European tour. Amon Amarthare heading straight from Europe to support Children Of Bodom in their American tour and this is the reason. We are very sorry for this but it wasn't in our hands and we hope to play some Scandinavian shows in the near future. Also the Ragnarok festival that was supposed to be in May 2007 is cancelled.
"The reason for cancelling this festival is because we have booked Sonic Pump studios to mix the new album with Nino Laurenne in May 2007. The schedule for releasing the second album, 'Time', hasn't been able to hold for many reasons and some of them has been really delaying and slowing down the recording process. And when the recording couldn't finish in the schedule also the mixing had to be cancelled and re-scheduled. Jari is still working very hard to finish the album and to make the best possible second release for Wintersun.
Swedish brutal death metallers, Vomitory will enter Leon Music Studios outside Karlstad, Sweden on December 3 to begin recording their sixth album. The band's statement goes as follows:
"This time we'll work with producer Rikard Löfgren, who is the founder/owner of Leon Music," the band said in a statement. "Rikard Löfgren is still a pretty unfamiliar name within the death metal scene. He mostly works with more commercial music but he is a great producer and has his roots in metal. We know the guy since ages and we have great confidence in him."
It's going to feel strange to do a new Vomitory album not working with our sidekick Henrik Larsson, but we feel it's time to try something new. Since Vomitory isn't exactly an experimental band, we feel that working in a new studio with a new producer is a good way of renewing the band. We have two weeks for the recording and one week of mix and mastering."
A brand new Belphegor track, entitled 'Belphegor - Hell's Ambassador', has been posted online here. The song comes off the group's new album, "Pestapokalypse VI", due on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.
In other news, Belphegor have announced the addition of bassist Serpenth to the group's ranks.
The touring line-up currently is as follows:
Helmuth - Heretic Grunts, Chainsaw / Sigurd - Six String Flagellation
Serpenth - Bass Distortion / Nefastus - Drums (session)
Also, Belphegor have scheduled the following Pestapokalypse VI release parties in Hamburg and Salzburg:
Oct. 27 - Headbangers Ballroom - Hamburg, GER
Oct. 28 - Arge Nonntal - Salzburg, AUT
Reunited Norway's Immortal have been confirmed as the headliners of the 2007 edition of the Inferno Festival, set to take place April 5-7 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Norway.
Here goes the statemeent of Inferno Fest Team:
"Norway's Immortal disbanded in 2003, after 13 successful years as one of the pioneers of metal. After a solid break, the band has decided to enter the battlefield again, and what better way to do so than performing a few selected, exclusive concert appearances? During Easter the fans will finally get to see the new Immortal live again, headlining the Inferno Festival.
It will be a great show in front of a good mixture of Norwegian fans and people from all over the world. It will be a very special show", Abbath assures."
Bal-Sagoth has been confirmed as the headliner of the second annual Heathen Crusade festival, set to take place January 19-20 at the Station 4 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also newly confirmed for the event are Grey Skies Fallen and Vesperian Sorrow. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
Grey Skies Fallen
Hordes Of Yore
Will Of The Ancients
Danzig, Lacuna Coil, The Haunted, Belphegor and Asesino will team up for Glenn Danzig's "Blackest Of The Black Tour", which is being revived this winter for a two-week West Coast run. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Nov. 17 - Seattle, WA @ The Fenix
Nov. 18 - Spokane, WA @ The Big Easy
Nov. 19 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Nov. 21 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Nov. 22 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
Nov. 24 - TBA
Nov. 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
Nov. 26 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
Nov. 28 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Nov. 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Nov. 30 - Fresno, CA @ Rainbow Ballroom
Spain-based Power Metallers Dark Moor have posted the following message on their official website:
"I'm writing again just to let you know we've finished the recordings for the new album, and our dearest producer Luigi Stefanini and my bandmate Enrik are currently working on the mixing and mastering of it!!!
I had quite a good recording process. My throat went very well and finished very quickly!! I was really surprised of how fast I was going, so I had time enough to repeat parts that were ok at first time but wanted to improve even more!! I think I have reached with this record an important point in my career and in my way of singing, my voice and style sound really personal. So, we will start soon with the post-production work and promotion, I can't tell you any more for the moment, but will keep you updated, OK?"
Swedish death metallers Amon Amarth's new video of the song 'Runes To My Memory' has been posted online, here (Windows Media required). The track comes off the Swedish metallers' latest album, "With Oden On Our Side", which was issued through Metal Blade Records on 25 September 2006 in the following formats: limited-edition red vinyl LP, standard CD, limited-edition two-CD digipack, and standard LP.
As previously reported, the last three shows of the European tour in Scandinavia got cancelled since Amon Amarth got the chance to support Children Of Bodom in the U.S. - an opportunity they simply couldn't miss. Amon Amarth fans all over Scandinavia shouldn't be too sad though - the band will play a much more extensive leg in Scandinavia in early 2007!