17:09 - Redn1ght Btw, pretty weird/odd shit happened yesterday when I was visiting my grandparents', there was a car crash when we left (well before we left) and a car crash yet again when we were coming back home at the start of those rides...
A new track from French experimental black metal masters Blut Aus Nord entitled "The Formless Sphere (Beyond The Reason)" is available for streaming on the Candlelight Records MySpace page. The song comes off the band's new album, "Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars", which is scheduled for release on February 23.
Commented the band's singer/guitarist Vindsval: "This album is extremely important for us, we have already composed two amazing songs in the majestuous vein of 'Fathers Of The Icy Ages'. This time you won't find any industrial sounds or disharmonies on the album.
According to Candlelight, "twelve years later, you can hope an ambitious and massive piece of epic, technical and progressive black metal."
US trashers Mantic Ritual (formerly called Meltdown) have posted the new video "One By One" online over at the band's MySpace. The song comes off the group's debut album, "Executioner", which will be re-released in the US on March 10 via Nuclear Blast Records (February 27 in Europe).
As posted on the Opeth website: "after a stellar 2008 that found the band´s most recent release, "Watershed", atop many critical "best of" lists, the Swedish metal outfit will return to the US for a third tour run. The tour - their third in support of "Watershed", which earned the band the best reviews of its career - will kick off on May 1 and will be sponsored by Decibel Magazine. Enslaved have been confirmed as direct support."
01 May - Sayerville, Starland Ballroom - NJ
02 May - Boston, House of Blues - MA
03 May - Montreal, Medley - QUE
04 May - Toronto, Sound Academy - ON
05 May - Pittsburgh, Mr. Smalls - PA
06 May - Chicago, House of Blues - IL
Cannibal Corpse will be hitting the road for 4 weeks in support of their upcoming release "Evisceration Plague", which is set to decimate the metal world on Tuesday February 3rd. Support for the North American tour, presented by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, will come from The Faceless, Neuraxis, and Obscura and kicks off on April 2nd in Asheville, NC at the Orange Peel.
Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse comments; "We are very excited to be touring the US and Canada with Neuraxis, The Faceless, and Obscura. This is a killer lineup as each band is extreme and heavy but has their own unique style. We're playing a number of cities we rarely get to on this tour, so be sure to check the tour dates closely... you don't want to miss this one!"
"20 More Miles", the new video from Swedish metallers Soilwork, has been made available online. The clip was shot during the band's European tour, including at the Electric Weekend festival in Madrid, where Soilwork performed with Metallica. It contains footage provided by the band as well as material that was filmed by Olle Carlsson.
"20 More Miles" comes off the Soilwork's latest album, entitled "Sworn To A Great Divide", which was released on October 19, 2007 via Nuclear Blast.
Archaic North Entertainment is proud to release the second full-length album of Canadian black metal band Empyrean Plague, titled "Ancestral Embers Shall Burn". A scheduled release date is March 1st 2009. As a pinnacle in Empyrean Plague's career being the first album with Archaic North, the band is looking forward to getting their music out to a much broader audience.
"I have always been a fan," says label owner Mark Howitt, "so it is great to have Empyrean Plague as a part of our roster. We believe this album to be monumental and are looking forward to some upcoming tours to promote the album."
With this release Empyrean Plague stays true to the traditional sound heard on previous releases while adding more folk elements in the form of acoustic guitars and clean vocals. Stepping away from the raw production on older releases, Empyrean Plague enlisted the services of Sardonic Moon Studios in Sudbury to provide them with a more refined sound.
Queensrÿche have posted the following statement on their official MySpace:
"Queensrÿche envisions war through the eyes of a soldier with the band's twelfth studio release, the epic concept album "American Soldier". The ambitious album encompasses a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Geoff Tate, the group's singer and chief songwriter, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts - from World War II to Iraq - Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of the life of a solider and the consequences of war. "American Soldier" will be available from Atco/Rhino on March 31 for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $9.99 (digital).
Nuclear Blast have posted following news on their website:
"Swiss pagan metal horde Eluveitie just revealed the release date of their long announced folk / acoustic album "Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion". The record will feature guest appearances by Oliver S. Tyr of Faun and Alan A. Nemtheanga of Primordial among others. The album will contain 15 folk songs, mostly written in ancient gaulish language will be unleashed on April 10th 2009 via Nuclear Blast."
Updated (on 20.01.2009, thanks to S.K.Ø.M)
Swiss metallers Eluveitie just revealed the cover artwork of their upcoming new album, entitle "Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion".
Sweden's masters of kick-ass heavy metal Wolf are about to return in full metallic glory with their brand-new album "Ravenous". As the first promo clip for this stunning new effort Wolf now proudly present you their brand-new video for the song "Voodoo", the band states: "Both the song and the video has that dark imagery that Wolf fans know and love. Having these brilliant voodoo-kids in the video along with the spiders and other creatures of the night, we think we really hit the spot with this one. Working with Owe Lingwall again was also a delight. We really love how it turned out and we can't wait to bring this song to our live-set."
In Flames will be heading out on a Eastern European tour in March of this year. Commented the band: "We have not played live in most of the countries in Eastern Europe and we are all really looking forward to it. Hope to see a lot of new faces and cool places on this tour."
The dates are as follows:
Mar. 25 - Zagreb, Croatia - Tvornica Club
Mar. 26 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
Mar. 27 - Maribor, Slovenia - STUK Sporthall
Mar. 28 - Belgrade, Serbia - SKC
Mar. 29 - Sofia, Bulgaria -
Mar. 30 - Bucharest, Romania - Arenele Romane
Apr. 01 - Budapest, Hungary - Petofi Czarnok
Apr. 02 - Trencin, Slovakia - Piano
Apr. 04 - Prague, Czech Republic - Folimanka
Apr. 06 - Warsaw, Poland - Pogresja
Behemoth have issued the following text on their official Myspace page:
"The band has just been officially confirmed for the USA Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour which is scheduled to kick off July 10 in Sacramento, California. The headlining bands of this tour are Slayer and Marilyn Manson. The other confirmed bands are Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, God Forbid, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Job For A Cowboy.
Behemoth will also play with Slayer on their 3-week pre-Mayhem Festival tour. That tour will include a dates in "B-markets" - smaller cities which the Mayhem Festival will not reach. We will update you with the dates and more information real soon.
UK metallers Motörhead have announced that they will embark on a tour through the UK in November.
Tour dates are as follows:
November 11 - Plymouth @ Pavillion
November 12 - Bristol @ Colston Hall
November 13 - Newport @ Centre
November 15 - Swindon @ Oasis
November 16 - Nottingham @ Royal Concert Hall
November 17 - Newcastle, @ City Hall
November 19 - Glasgow @ Academy
November 20 - Leeds @ Academy
November 21 - Manchester @ Apollo
November 23 - Cambridge @ Corn Exchange
November 24 - Southend @ Cliffs Pavilion
November 25 - Portsmouth @ Guildhall
November 27 - Bournemouth @ Solent Hall
November 28 - London @ HMV Apollo Hammersmith
November 29 - Wolverhampton @ Civic Hall
Tickets are priced at £25 regional/£30 London and can be booked through www.livenation.co.uk.