US symphonic power metal outfit Operatika have issued the following update on their blog:
"Our new album is coming along great. 90% of the material has been written, and pre-production has been done for half of the album. Get ready for a much heavier, faster and more diverse sound this time around! We can't wait to show you what we've got cookin'! As one of the kick ass tracks on the album will be a cover of Dio's legendary tune "We Rock". We are also looking for graphic designers and artists for the new album's artwork. If you've got something you'd like to share with us, please send it our way."
Glorior Belli has issued the following short update:
"Glorior Belli welcome new drummer "G" (Gionata "Thorns" Potenti). And G. (Handful Of Hate, Frostmoon Eclipse, Deathrow , Macabre, Omen) has just laid down the drum tracks for the new record The Full Intrepid Experience of Light - to be released later this year."
Threat Signal is stepping out of the European tour supporting (hed) p.e. Here's the band's statement:
"We sincerely regret to inform you that our 2010 European tour dates with (hed) p.e. and Atilla have been officially canceled. The tour will still go on; however, we will not be performing on it. We had worked very hard to make this tour even considerably possible, but due to financial difficulties we've had to abandon ship. We're back thousands more dollars than we originally expected, and we've been struggling ever since to find affordable means of transportation. We cannot justify or even find the amount of money needed to make this tour possible for us anymore...
"Devil Zone", a new song from Axel Rudi Pell, is available for streaming at this location.
Axel Rudi Pell adds: "It was very hard for me to pick only 1 song from our next record to give you a first listening impression, because every song has a different speed and character and all tracks are my favorites, so here we go... Enjoy!"
"Devil Zone" comes off the band's forthcoming album, The Crest, which will be released on April 26 (on April 23 in germany) via SPV Records.
The Crest cover art] tracklist:
01. Prelude Of Doom (Intro)
02. Too Late
03. Devil Zone
04. Prisoner Of Love
05. Dreaming Dead
06. Glory Night
07. Dark Waves Of The Sea (Oceans Of Time Pt. II: The Dark Side)
"Prove You Are A Man!", a new song from Italian metallers Stigma, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page. The track features a guest appearance by Jon Hunt (ex-Dead To Fall)
"Prove You Are A Man!" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Concerto For The Undead, which is scheduled for release on April 30 in Europe (May 3 in the UK and May 4 in North America) via Pivotal Rockordings.
Concerto For The Undead cover art] tracklist:
01. Chop His Head Off!
02. Prove You Are A Man!
03. …And They Died Happily Ever After!
04. A Monstrous Feeling
05. The Undertaker
06. What About A Terror Ride
07. 3000 Years And Still Keeping It Real
08. A Grave Situation
Norwegian black metallers 1349 have announced the title and release date of their new album. The album, entitled Demonoir, will be released by Indie Recordings throughout Europe on April 26, and by Prosthetic Records in North America on April 27.
For the band's fifth full-length release, 1349 decided to suck out the fiercest and most potent energies from every single member and surroundings, channeling it into songs that are pulsating with uncanny atmospheres, rawness and nerve shattering intensity. The whole process of getting the material on record was like one long, exhausting black magic summoning that could not be allowed to go wrong.
US metallers Drowning Pool will release their forthcoming album, Drowning Pool , in April via Eleven Seven Music.
The band previously commented: "After months of lockdown in the recording studio in New Jersey, we are proud to emerge with our most solid and dynamic album yet. All you Drowning Pool fans will dig the new tunes so crank it up and rock out with us!
Drowning Pool cover art] tracklist:
01. Let The Sin Begin
02. Feel Like I Do
03. Turn So Cold
05. Over My Head
06. All About Me
07. More Than Worthless
08. Children Of The Gun
09. Alcohol Blind
10. Horns Up
11. King Zero
Skyforger have posted the following update regarding a new upcoming album:
"Finally this is time for big news package about our new album Kurbads, which will be released by Metal Blade on 23/26 April in Europe, 11 May in North America. Today we would like to post the first song of new album Kurbads online and reveal the album cover and song titles.
Skyforger recorded Kurbads at the Latvian studio Lauska in 2009 together with the band's own bagpipe player Kaspars Barbals handling engineering duties. The band members also produced the album themselves. The artwork was created by Skyforger's guitarist Martins and is connected to the whole story of Kurbads. More information regarding the concept of Kurbads will be revealed shortly.
Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon is having a baby. Here's what she wrote on her blog today:
"I have held a little secret for you all for some time now, but today I feel I want to share it with you all. As you all know, I am very private and don't want to share to much about my personal life, but due to some speculations and since I am so happy I have decided to tell my secret:
Last autumn in the middle of my demo recordings of my solo album, I started to feel very, very tired and also nauseated. I took a pregnancy test and guess if me and my bf was really surprised to see that I had gotten pregnant. Since I had decided to not have any more children than my son, it was totally not planned, but after the very first shock, it felt really, really good.
Salem have made their new album Playing God And Other Short Stories available for streaming in its entirety at AOL Music for a limited time period.
Playing God And Other Short Stories will be released later in the year via Pulverised Records. The album was recorded at Harold Studios in Israel and was mastered by UE Nastasi at Sterling Sound in New York City. More album details available here.
Finnish rockers Apocalyptica have announced that their upcoming album will be titled 7th Symphony. The new album will follow up their chart-topping release Worlds Collide. 7th Symphony will be - shockingly - Apocalyptica's 7th studio album. The album will be released in a few months. Read more here.
The band recently announced tour dates in their native Finland with more international dates to be revealed soon.
Dutch Death Doom metal band Officium Triste were so kind to post the following news:
"2010 is already 3 months on its way so it is about time to let you all know what's going on with Officium Triste. We've got some bad news and some more exciting news. Let's start with the bad news. We had to part ways with drummer Ronald Lagerwaard. Ronald simply couldn't commit to the plans we have concerning Officium Triste's future. Because of this we had to make a difficult decision as we really appreciated Ronald as a person and as a skilled drummer. As a band we do want to perform live on a regular basis and that simply wasn't possible due to logistics and personal affairs. We like to thank Ronald for his time in Officium Triste.
A brand new song, called "Edwige's Eyes" from Cathedral's forthcoming album The Guessing Game is now available for streaming at the band's MySpace. The Guessing Game will hit the streets on March 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. More album details can be here.