04:50 - The Maratha Also, black powerfully blending with genres of death, drone, psychedelic, doom, sludge and so on. More or less, this past 2 years there has been a trend of experimentation in metal altogether.
04:44 - The Maratha The problem is that Sludge creepingly blends into heavy, doom, black and death. Look at Roadburn for instance.
03:24 - Marcel Hubregtse SLudge is actually already dead since most bands in that genre are copying each other . Savannah SLudge is doing it and so are the others. If you hear mrore than 6 new sludge bands each months you will notice it.
02:29 - Apothecary Yeah you have a point, that "only old school is real, modern bands suck" mentality is still pretty strong among parts of the metal community though, unfortunately
02:23 - Karlabos but then again most death/thrash/sympho fans are more into older bands and don't follow the new stuff very closely... amongst the new metals arising i still feel sludge is pretty strong
02:17 - Apothecary I still think sludge is far from "the next big trend" lol, that's grossly over-exaggerating its appeal to the average metalhead. More people are into thrash, death, and symphonic type shit before sludge, at least in my area
02:14 - Karlabos yeah, sludge seems to be quite the thing nowadays. still beats the power metal trend from when i was a kid tho
A brand new Angra sond entitled "The Course of Nature", from the band's forthcoming album, "Aurora Consurgens" , is available for download here (ZIP file). The lyrics to the track can be found here.
According to the band's webpage, The first video clip out of Angra's new album "Aurora Consurgens" (to be release in October) was shot last week. The chosen track was "The Course Of Nature", which is also the first single. The video was filmed in São Paulo under the guidance of director Carina Zaratin. You can check this pic from the video shoot.
The house cleaning at Nuclear Blast continues. On October 6th the label will release a two CD compilation featuring the band's 2001 album "The Grave Digger" and the 2003 album "Rheingold".
The Grave Digger / Rheingold tracklisting:
01. Son Of Evil
02. The Grave Digger
04. Scythe Of Time
05. Spirits Of The Dead
06. The House
07. King Pest
08. Sacred Fire
09. Funeral Procession
10. Haunting Palace
12. The Ring (Overture)
16. Maidens Of War
21. Twilights Of The Gods
Grave Digger are now signed to Locomotive and will issue a new album in early 2007. The album will be called "Liberty Or Death".
A brand new God Dethroned song, entiled '2014' has been posted online via God Dethroned official MySpace page. The song comes off the Dutch death metallers' sixth album through Metal Blade Records "The Toxic Touch" due on October 20 in Germany/Austria/Switzerland, and on October 23 in the rest of Europe.
Click here to check it out.
Immortal mainman's I project, featuring Ice Dale (Enslaved, Audrey Horne), TC King (Sahg, ex-Gorgoroth) and Armagedda (ex-Immortal), has just uploaded two new songs from their debut album entitled "Between Two Worlds" via Abbath's MySpace page. Check out the songs "The Storm I Ride" and "Cursed We Are" here.
Check out new promotional photos here. Pictures from the band's appearance last month at the Hole In The Sky festival in Bergen, Norway can be found here.
A video and audio footage of Swedish melodic death metallers Dark Tranquillity performing a new song, entitled 'Where Death Is Most Alive', live at the Manning Bar in Sydney on Sunday, September 17, have been posted online at PyroMusic website. You can check it all out here.
Upcoming Dark Tranquillity tour dates :
More dates have been released for Children Of Bodom's headlining North American tour which is believed to also feature Amon Amarth, Sanctity, and Gojira :
November 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
November 30 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
December 01 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
December 02 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
December 04 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
December 06 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
December 08 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
December 09 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG
December 11 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
December 12 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
December 13 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
December 15 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
December 16 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Finland's Nightwish has issued the following update via their homepage :
"Today (Friday, September 15), Nightwish enters the studio to begin recording the new album. Jukka starts the process by recording the drum parts in the next 5-6 days. Then guitars, bass and demo keyboards, followed by orchestral/choir recordings. After those, the final synths and vocals will be recorded. The whole process will last six months minimum, so we should have the final master copy in our hands sometime during the spring."
Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following message on the band's official website :
"We're happy to announce that the recordings have been finished and that the mix of the album is in progress. We estimate to have the album done by the end of the month and the release is scheduled for January 16th"
Roadrunner team have posted the following update concerning the special edition of Ghost Reveries:
"More Opeth is always a good thing and Ghost Reveries, an album many consider to be their best effort to date is getting expanded. Get ready to experience an Opeth album in a whole new way with the Ghost Reveries Special Edition.
01. Ghost of Perdition
02. The Baying of the Hounds
03. Beneath The Mire
05. Reverie/Harlequin Forest
06. Hours of Wealth
07. The Grand Conjuration
08. Isolation Years
09. Soldier Of Fortune (Deep Purple cover)
* "Beyond Ghost Reveries" - A 40 Minute Documentary
* Music Video For "The Grand Conjuration"
* 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of "Ghost Reveries"
Danish death/thrash metallers Hatesphere have been added to the previously announced Unleashed, Krisiun, and Belphegor tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
February 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 9 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
February 11 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
February 15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
March 5 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Iron Maiden have posted the following call-to-arms on their homepage:
"You folks know the drill by now...
The last few years we've thrown the design of the official Iron Maiden Xmas card open to you guys. This is the card that gets sent to FC members, to friends of the band... and to the last minute people we realise we've forgotten Each year, the standard has been amazingly high and we've had a real challenge agreeing on a winner.
So, we'd like you guys to do it again. Send us your designs - conforming to the specs below - and the winner will be picked by Rod, be printed and sent to loads of people. The winner will get a credit on the card and a big bag of groovy Iron Maiden stuff.
Taken from the Japanese edition of "The Art Of War" MCD bonus track "Die!!!" is now available in MP3 section. This is one of the first songs in Vader history, but its new version sounds much more direct and powerful than the original one. Check it out!
Also, Download section on Vader webpage has been launched. Some new pictures, symbols, logos and other high resolution graphics have been already published there.
You can also vote for your favourite song from "Impressions In Blood" album here.
Dutch symphonic metal outfit, After Forever has entered the studio to record their new album, entatively due next year via an as-yet-undetermined label. A brand new video shot in the recording studio has been posted online, here.
Here goes the statement of the band:
"Also there are some pictures online of the fantastic gig After Forever gave at Appelpop in Tiel. We want to thank everybody who came to our gig and to our signingsession. We were overwhelmed! Have fun watching the video and pictures!!"