Thin Lizzy has been added to the Hellfest Open Air 2011 line-up.
The legendary Irish hard rockers will be performing on Saturday June 18th along Scorpions, Black Label Society and UFO.
The festival is set to take place June 17-19th in Clisson, France. An up-to-date festival billing is available over here.
In other news, there's an official Hellfest app available for free on AppStore and Android Market. With this app, you'll be able to follow all the latest news about Hellfest 2011 before, during and after the festival.
The application offers the following features: Festival news, Notifications "Push" (on iPhone), Full line-up, Photo and video galleries, Integrated Twitter app, Access to e-tickets, Personalize your Hellfest schedule by adding your favorite bands, Practical info (transport, camping etc.), Sharing on Facebook and Twitter.
Recently reactivated Quebec-based technical death metal band Gorguts have reportedly entered the studio to start pre-production on the new album, tentatively scheduled for a summer 2011 release through a yet-to-be-determined label.
The band's current line-up consists of drummer John Longstreth (Origin, ex-Angelcorpse), bassist Colin Marston (Behold... The Arctopus, Krallice, Dysrhythmia), guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, ex-While Heaven Wept), along longtime Gorguts vocalist/guitarist Luc Lemay.
The same Luc Lemay issued the following update: "Just a few words to let you know where we are with the songwriting of the new album. We got together at the end of January to finish up the last songs to complete the album. Colin and Kevin have contributed to the album with a song each. Amazingly well composed their songs suits the Gorguts aesthetic wonderfully.
Swedish progressive melodic death metal band Scar Symmetry just revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming album The Unseen Empire.
The Unseen Empire will be released on April 15th through Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented drummer Henrik Ohlsson: "The Unseen Empire seeks to expose the hidden hand of the elite that pull the strings of mankind in order to fullfill their agenda of global domination. The album concept goes from theories of shadow governments to secret ancient bloodlines and even further into speculations of malevolent influence from metaphysical reptilian-based intelligences. Mankind's only hope to survive seems to be an internal awakening where the influence of the the unseen empire that rules in secrecy is washed away from the minds of the masses. They want us to stay within the framework of their agenda, hypnotizing us with things that draw attention but has no value. It's time to step outside the framework and make The Unseen Empire visible!"
US death metallers Obituary will headline the European Metal Chainsaw Massacre Tour, taking place in March and April. Support on the trek will come from Grave and Pathology. Below are the confirmed dates:
European Metal Chainsaw Massacre Tour Dates:
March 24th - Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
March 26th - France, Paris @ Elysée Montmartre
March 29th - Germany, Munich @ Backstage Hall
March 30th - Germany, Bochum @ Matrix
April 02nd - Denmark, Aarhus @ Vox Hall
April 07th - Finnland, Helsinki @ Nosturi
April 13th - Poland, Warsaw @ Progresja
April 14th - Germany, Berlin @ K17
April 15th - Czech Republic, Prague @ Rock Café
April 16th - Czech Republic, Brno @ TBA
April 17th - Slovakia, Bratislava @ TBA
"The Magnetic Sky", a brand-new track from US progressive metalcore band Becoming The Archetype, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
"The Magnetic Sky" comes off the band's upcoming new album Celestial Completion, which will be released on March 29th through Solid State Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Mike Coolen is the new drummer of Within Temptation.
Comments the band: "He has played with us in the past on a few occasions before. The chemistry has always been very good both on stage as on personal level so he was the first on our mind. So, Mike great to have you on board!"
In other news, Within Temptation performed a short acoustic set last Friday, February 18th, on the Dutch radio station Radio 538. Video footage of this set can be watched in three parts below.
The new Novembers Doom album, Aphotic, will be released on May 10th through The End Records.
The band's eighth full-length album features guest appearance by The Gathering singer Anneke Van Giersbergen, world-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine (Earthen Grave) and Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath), who also mixed the album.
According to a press release, Aphotic "has its roots in darkness and melancholic madness, reminiscent of the band's early doom roots but bringing something new and modern to the listener."
Novembers Doom frontman Paul Kuhr comments: "One goal in Novembers Doom is to never repeat ourselves. We aim to constantly challenge our writing abilities to deliver something new each and every time, while maintaining what we feel is our signature sound. We feel we've not only accomplished that with Aphotic, but have pushed our creativity into new musical territory. The result is quite possibly the most unique Novembers Doom release yet."
Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa (trans: As Shadows We Wander In The Land Of The Dead), the new album from Finnish Viking folk metal band Moonsorrow, is now available for streaming in its entirety at Record Shop X (the stream will be available until March 1st).
The band's unpronounceable sixth full-length album was released earlier this week in some parts of Europe, the rest of Europe will have to wait till February 28th. More album details were previously reported over here.
Belgian Atmospheric Black metal band Thurisaz will release their new album, The Cimmerian Years, in May through Sleaszy Rider Records.
The band released the following statement: "First of all, we're glad to say that, after more than a year being in and out of the studio, the recording, mixing and mastering of the new album The Cimmerian Years finally came to an end. Last Sunday we officially spent our last minutes in the CCR-studio, adjusting and adding the last samples!
Second of all, we're proud to announce that we signed a deal with Sleaszy Rider RecordsS from Greece (Ancient, The Elysian Fields, Prejudice)! They will release our third album The Cimmerian Years, which will be available in May 2011!