Finnish metallers Amberian Dawn have set "The Clouds Of Northland Thunder" as the title of their second album, tentatively due late spring/early summer this year.
"The Clouds Of Northland Thunder" cover artwork] tracklisting:
01. He Sleeps In A Grove
03. Kokko - Eagle Of Fire
04. Willow Of Tears
05. Shallow Waters
06. Lost Soul
07. Sons Of Seven Stars
11. Morning Star
12. Birth Of The Harp
Bilocate proudly announce the collaboration with 279 Productions - one of the top professional labels in Greece - to be our official Management and Promotion Company in Greece and Cyprus, and our exclusive distributor for the same countries.
Great expectations are put on this agreement, another success in Bilocate's musical career and we'd like to extend our greetings to the label manager Sofia Charalampous for the cooperation.
As per The label Manager: "It was truly impossible to resist this band's talent! We didn't even have to read any of the excellent reviews that "Sudden Death Syndrome" received from the media worldwide, to offer them a place on our roster. We are always proud to offer our services and promote exceptional artists such as Bilocate."
Stratovarius will release their brand new studio album, "Polaris", on May 21st, 2009. This new album will see a worldwide release by the band's new label partner edel under the new imprint earMUSIC outside of Asia, and the band's long time label partner for Asia, JVC.
Jens Johansson states, "We are very happy to have found strong label partners for the future of Stratovarius who truly believe in the band and are as enthusiastic as we are. I can't wait to hit the road again and meet all fans who supported us through all our good and bad times."
Max Vaccaro, of earMUSIC / edel adds: "We are very honoured to welcome Stratovarius in our family; "Polaris" is in fact a special album for edel. Like for Stratovarius, it's a sort of new start, we are in fact entering a new exciting chapter in our lives, the launch of a the new label earMUSIC, to coincide with the release of this fantastic new album with a renewed line-up and an overwhelming energy. One thing is for sure, Stratovarius fans will agree with us in welcoming the extraordinary talent of the new guitar player Matias Kupiainen and immediately reckon "Polaris" to be a true Stratovarius classic."
Progressive metal veterans Dream Theater have announced "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" as the title of their tenth studio album. The band commenced work on the album - their second for Roadrunner Records, following up 2007's "Systematic Chaos" - in October of last year.
Roadrunner will release the record on June 23. In addition to the standard version CD, the album will also be available on vinyl LP, as well as a 3-disc Special Edition CD that will include the full album, a CD of instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six cover songs, the titles of which will be revealed at a later date.
Six weeks prior to the June 23 street date, Roadrunner will release one cover song per week through digital retailers.
Metallica's second Stockholm show at March 8th has been cancelled due to James Hetfield falling ill and receiving medical attention at the hospital. The show will be re-scheduled for May 4, 2009.
A message from Hetfield reads as follows:
"James here, alive, at about 80% but getting better. I want to say sorry for missing the second Stockholm gig on Sunday due to illness. The cause/diagnosis at the hospital was narrowed down to either a 24hr virus or a bad oyster... yes, hate to admit, an oyster could have taken me down.
I acknowledge and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused fans who had travelled near and far for the show. I had done everything possible to make it, and was at the point of falling if I stood up. On a lighter note since my illness, the support band 'Swedish Oyster Cult' will be thrown off the tour."
Seventh Void, the new band formed by Type O Negative guitarist Kenny Hickey and drummer Johnny Kelly, will release its debut album on April 21 via Big Vin Records, the label formed by Hell Yeah!/ex-Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. A CD-release party will be held at the Clubhouse, the Dallas nightclub founded by Vinnie Paul and his late brother, Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. "It's an amazing record," Vinnie recently said. "I mixed the whole thing for the guys. It goes somehere between Soundgarden meets Black Sabbath... meets a little Audioslave, with some Type O thrown in there. It's really nice, dark, sludgy... Kenny's vocals are great."
The Ocean and Bison B.C.'s upcoming shows in Hamburg and Berlin on March 16th and 21st, respectively, will be streamed live from the venues by LIGX.com. The concerts will also be archived on the website for fans to view after the shows are over. The Ocean and Bison B.C. are currently stampeding their way across Europe with fellow forward-thinking metal acts Burst and Medeia.
Direct Link to 3/16 Hamburg Stream:
The Ocean @ 6:00pm EST / 12:00am CET: Link]
Bison B.C. @ 4:15pm EST / 10:15pm CET: Link]
Direct Link to 3/21 Berlin Stream:
The Ocean @ 4:50pm EST / 10:50pm CET: Link]
Bison B.C. @ 1:15pm EST / 7:15pm CET: Link]
"We have already accomplished eight new songs. What can I say about these songs? They rule, of course. You want a more precise description? Impossible. All I can say is that each and every song is 100% Blind Guardian, which naturally means there is a wild bunch of different things going on from time to time (always?).
According to atmospheres: we have everything from the more Nightfallish "Curse My Name," to the Scriptish "Wheel Of Time." In comparison to A Twist In The Myth the lyrical direction will be more on the fantasy side as you most probably can figure out by these titles. The song "Sacred" will give you an idea about the quality and the direction of the songs.
''What I Do!'', the new video from Brazilian metallers Sepultura, has been made available online. The clip, which features performance footage from the band's European winter tour 2009, was made by Eric Frenchie.
"What I Do!" comes off Sepultura's latest album, "A-Lex", which was released on January 26, 2009 via SPV Records.
Dutch metallers The Gathering have issued the following update:
Yes, finally we are back! Fresh new start, brand new homepage, new songs ("All You Are", "Treasure" and "The West Pole") on our revamped MySpace, and you can order great packages at our webshop right now!
But first of all I like to announce Silje Wergeland as our new vocalist! Silje has been the singer of the Norwegian band Octavia Sperati for 8 years including several other projects. She did a superb job, as you can hear on our MySpace and new Gathering album "The West Pole". More info about Silje soon. This album also includes two very talented guest singers: the Dutch Anne van den Hoogen and Mexican Marcela Bovio (from Stream Of Passion), and some other guest musicians.
Crypt of Kerberos was formed in Sweden in 1990 and featured members from bands such as Macrodex, House of Usher, Tyrant, The Black, Embryo, Blood Mortized, Sophia and Arcana. The band released a number of recordings during the early 90's. Crypt of Kerberos last official release was the 1993 album "World of Myths". This album was a milestone in terms of technical and melodic death metal and it was universally praised by the critics. Since the 2005 release "The Macrodex of War" (Bleed Records, Australia) which featured previously released promotion recordings and two 7" EP's there has been rumors about the band possibly recording new material.
As posted on the band's website, vocalist Pål "Athera" Mathisen was rushed into Akershus Universitetssykehus Hospital in Lørenskog, Norway on the morning of March 9th suffering from acute stomach pains and heavy bleeding. Initial tests revealed that he had suffered a heart attack caused by a damaged blood vessel. Athera is currently in the intensive care unit under close observation, while further tests are carried out. He is expected to remain hospitalised for the foreseeable future.
At this moment future plans including touring commitments remain unchanged, until a full diagnosis of his condition has been confirmed. Everyone involved with the band wishes Athera a fast and speedy recovery.
In a recent interview with the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet Varg Vikernes confirmed that he's soon to be released from prison. Here's what he said (roughly translated from Norwegian):
"I can confirm that I'm soon to be released" he told the paper.
The 36 year old will move to a small farm in Telemark, where his wife and 1,5 year old son has been living for the last couple of years.
"I barely haven't seen my son since he was born. Even though I hear his voice almost every day on the telephone it's really hard not to be present when he's growing up. I miss my family and I look forward to the day where I can work on the farm, make music, write books and be with my wife and child 24 hours a day - and live a normal family life."
Finnish metallers Celesty have posted online two new songs, "Fading Away" and "Like Warriors", on their MySpace page.
The two songs come off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Vendetta", which will be released in Finland on March 18 via Spinefarm Records (March 20 in Japan and during May in the rest of the World).