Maddening Media announced the following post on their site:
"It is with great pride and excitement that we announce the arrival of the Finnish Ikuinen Kaamos in the Maddening Media family. With the help of a dark progressive metal, Ikuinen Kaamos embed dismal melancholy in their songs of epic grandeur, spiralling the listener to a timeless sphere of emotions.
Ikuinen Kaamos will start the first recording sessions for their forthcoming album "Fall Of Icons" on May 17th. The release is scheduled for autumn 2009.
To shorten the waiting, we offer you their latest EP "Closure" both as stream and as a high-resolution download (320 kbps) for free. Click here."
Kamelot reportedly will enter the studio this June 2009 to record the follow-up to the blockbust CD "Ghost Opera" which spawned 4 high incredible videos, 100+ concerts in more than 22 countries and many sold out shows. Once again enlisting producers Sascha Paeth and Miro, the band plans to use studios in Germany, Norway and the USA for this next massive production. Kamelot's final concerts of 2009 will take place this Summer, including an appearance at the Sonisphere Festival with Metallica in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
To smack your chops even more Kamelot's video producers ICode have uploaded the HD versions of the videos "Ghost Opera", "The Human Stain" and "Rule The World". Click here for access.
As posted on the Profound Lore Records website, Brooklyn, NY avant-doom juggernaut Bloody Panda will see its new full-length masterpiece released via Profound Lore Records this summer. Following the band's impressive debut full-length, "Pheromone," the band is putting the finishing touches on 60-plus minutes of cerebral, epic, and haunting hymnals; a no-training-wheels cinematic plunge into the unending nightmare that began four years ago with the band's debut release (a split with fellow east coast experimentalists Kayo Dot). Once again featuring the ghostly, death-defying wails of siren Yoshiko Ohara, the new Bloody Panda opus is a monstrous cry from the depths. Almost like if film directors Takashi Miike and Michaelangelo Antonioni had a bastard horror-film child and raised him in Indonesia or Estonia, Bloody Panda's forthcoming release would likely be the soundscape. More news surrounding Bloody Panda impending.
Autumnblaze... that does ring a bell, doesn't it? The band who ventured into the realms of alternative rock with their last album "Words Are Not What They Seem" (2004) and then imploded two years later because of internal differences now sees its phoenix-like resurrection - the classic line-up of Eldron, Arisjel, and Schwadorf (The Vision Bleak etc.) has come together again to record a new album.
"Perdition Diaries" is something of a statement, the fruit of a return to the roots of Autumnblaze, and it comes across like a creative eruption. This album is a tribute to 1990's-era dark metal, to a time where the conventions of metal were trampled underfoot and the genre's conceptual chains were irrevocably broken from the inside. Autumnblaze mastermind Eldron puts it more precisely, "Bands such as Paradise Lost, Anathema, Katatonia, My Dying Bride, Dark Tranquillity, or At The Gates are prime examples for an exploration of the human soul, the struggle of the individual against the chasms of life. Away from the metal standards of the 1980's, towards a kind of deeply emotional resistance against the norms. We spit on all those who are blindfolded by their own limitations, and we continue that which was begun in the early nineties!"
Norwegian black metal band Ragnarok have revealed the tracklist of their upcoming album "Collectors Of The King". According to a posting on the Regain Records website, people can "expect true norwegian Black Metal the way it should be played. Its authentic, true as fuck and old school."
02. Stabbed by the horns
03. Burning the earth
04. In honour of satan
05. Collectors of the king
06. Eternal Damnation
07. The ancient crown of glory
08. May madness hunt you down
09. Wisdom of perfection
10. Maze of the abyss (bonus track on vinyl version)
Two new Believer songs from the new album "Gabriel" posted online. "Redshift" and "Medwton" are now streaming on the band's MySpace page.
"Medwton" was the first track to be heard from Gabriel after an early, unmastered version was "leaked" on Bam Margera's radio show. "Redshift" was the first Believer track ever to be written around the bass and drums rather than the guitar and drums. This provided more room to experiment with dynamics and some of the crazy electronic sounds that are found throughout.
Joey, Kurt and Jeff recently joined Dirty Dan in the 105.7 The X studios for an entertaining and informative interview. Listen to all four interview segments on the band's MySpace page -- located in the player directly below "Medwton".
US metallers Warbringer have posted online a new song, entitled "Severed Reality", on their MySpace page.
"Severed Reality" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Waking Into Nightmares", which will be released on May 19 via Century Media Records. The CD was mixed by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, All Shall Perish).
UPDATE (thanks to 28097)
Warbringer have posted another new song, "Living In A Whirlwind", on their MySpace page.
Ukrainian melodic death metal band Infinite Tales have finished work on their new single "Amoxicillin... Extermination". It includes the title track "Amoxicillin... Extermination" and two bonus tracks. All three tracks are taken from band's upcoming debut album, which is coming out in summer 2009. The single is streaming in its entirety at http://www.myspace.com/infinitetalesmetal and is also available for free download at this location.
The tracklisting for "Amoxicillin... Extermination" cover art] goes as follows:
Finnish dark rock band Vergil's new EP "Tomorrow Will Be Worse Than Today" is available for pre-listening on the band's MySpace. The band has members from several Finnish underground metal acts such as Azaghal, Saattue, Calmsite, Let Me Dream, Gordian and Count de Nocte. The EP will be released in May 2009.
Vergil features the following line-up:
Mika Musakka (Gordian) - Vocals
Antti Ahonen (Count De Nocte, Yearning, Medieval Art) - Guitars
Jani Koskela (Saattue, Let Me Dream) - Guitars
Jani Loikas (Azaghal, Wyrd) - Bass
Jari Koskela (Let Me Dream) - Keyboards
Jukka Penttinen (Calmsite) - Drums
Christian Älvestam from Swedish Death metallers Miseration has checked in as follows: "We are set to enter the Panic-Room studios late June, once again with producer Tomas "Plec" Johansson at the helm, to record the follow-up to our debut album "Your Demons - Their Angels". The new album, entitled "The Mirroring Shadow", will most likely include eight to ten songs of hard-hitting, non-compromising death metal. It will once again be released through Lifeforce Records, later this year!
In the meantime, we will embark on a mini-tour in May, throughout Europe, alongside our good friends in Inevitable End (who recently released their debut album "The Severed Inception", through Relapse Records) and with an appearance at Legacy Festival on May 23rd in Dessau, Germany."
The premier Brazilian progressive rock band Apocalypse launched a new video-clip for "Welcome Outside". This is the second video taken from "The Bridge Of Light", the band's latest album.
"The Bridge Of Light" is the band's tenth release and it's available in the entire South American territory throught Free Mind Records and in Europe and Asia through the french label Musea Records. "The Bridge Of Light" celebrates Apocalypse's 25th anniversary.
Tampa, Florida's Generichrist have confirmed that the title of the next Generichrist release will be 'Minddumpster'. The special edition CD will be released by the Asian underground label Xmusick/ AreaDeath Productions. The album will include seven new tracks and feature the artwork of Florida artist Mark Cooper. This will also be the first Generichrist release with new drummer Marc Ciccosanti and new guitarist Nick Palm. This will be the follow-up to 2008's 'Fuck Ritual' album. The band will enter the studio in May to record 'Minddumpster' and also tracks for the 4-way split with Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium out of the Ukraine, Fascist Insect out of Ohio, and Sarlacc from Pittsburgh. The split will be released late this summer.
A new dawn has come for Winterland. As you probably know, the band will soon come up to the Wildpath Studio to record its first album.
For this occasion, the band will change its name to Silent Fall. This announcement may certainly surprise a lot of you, but you have to reckon that this decision was hard to take because we are using this name since 2005. In fact, another Winterland, coming from Germany, exists, and has already released two albums. This band owns the rights on the name, and that's why we can't continue to use it. In brief, our music will stay the same and we'll continue to play the songs that you already know, but when the album is released, you have to look for us at the S letter instead of the W letter.
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Jorn's brand new studio album, entitled "Spirit Black", on June 5th in Europe and July 14th in the USA.
Considered by many fans and critics as one of the finest voices in Hard Rock to arrive on the scene at the end of the 20th century, Jorn is now ready to unleash upon the world yet another studio album entitled Spirit Black.
"I have carried some of these ideas with me for quite some time" tells Lande, "Willy, Jimmy, Sid and myself have known each other since the 80's, and some of the song ideas and demos from back then have now seen the light of day, and become an essential part of Spirit Black. When we were younger we usually never cared about what we did yesterday, only about the future, but the past can sometimes reveal hidden treasures and I discovered great potential in some of these song-ideas".
After the phenomenal last studio album "Gothic Kabbalah" (2007), easily Therion's most stunning effort since "Theli", and the follow-up live CD "Live Gothic" (2008), Therion mastermind and only remaining founding member Christofer Johnsson decided to go for a rather special project: the band's appearance at the remarkable and renowned International Opera Festival in Miskolc, Hungary in 2007 was taped on and off stage to preserve a truly unique classic metal event for the Therion fanbase! The first part - dubbed "Classical adventures" - features some of Christofer's favourite composers (especially his alltime fave, Wagner) and does completely without guitars or any metal instrumentation whatsoever. Just orchestra and choir. Part two, "Therion songs", delivers exactly that: finest Therion material performed by the band, a huge orchestra and choir. Rounding off "The Miskolc Experience" is an entertaining documentary which gives insight in the complicated organisation and the no less complicated execution with all ups and downs for the involved crew and musicians.